Tuesday Practice Report

Wide receiver was a focus as West Virginia's football team donned helmets and shoulder pads for Tuesday's practice.

Tuesday's drills - mainly special teams and alignment work during media hour - were a bit more physical under sunny, 83-degree skies. Wideout coach Butch Jones pushed his unit through getting off the line and creating separation while maintaining the ability to adjust to passes.

Rayshawn Bolden looked especially sharp in the fade drills, as the 6-5, 220-pounder showed flashes of the solid play WVU will need to make 2005 a successful season.

Bolden continually got last-second separation off the defender and quickly picked up the passes thrown by Jones. Darius Reynaud also proved physical, and showed off his great leaping ability, which is belied by five-foot, ten-inch height.

A pair of West Virginia wideouts - Parkersburg South's Ryan Dawson and Greenbrier East's Travis McClintic - wore red (injury) jerseys and did not take part in contact drills. They fed other receivers "jugs," a series of passes delivered by the jugs gun - an automated passing machine. Jeremy Bruce was quick out of curl routes and getting back to the ball, while Brandon Myles also excelled.

Bolden and Myles later served as bullets (the two widest players on the punt team) during special teams work.

Bolden had a chance to down a punt inside the two, but instead tried to play it perfectly and allowed it to roll into the end zone. The coaches instructed the junior that six feet from the end zone was fine, and that he need not try to down a still-bouncing ball right next to the goal line.

Tight ends coach Herb Hand threw passes to his players coming off the line, while the offensive line worked foot placement and explosion off the snap. The tight ends and both lines came together during field goal and punt practice for the first contact work of the fall.

The linebackers spent the majority of the hour on coverage recognition and switching from one coverage scheme to another when the offense sent wideouts in motion. The spurs and bandits again trained in dropping off the wideouts to other players in a zone and also on their deep coverage techniques.

The defensive line worked on varying calls that let them know if they should simply bull rush or stunt so linebackers or other blitzing players can loop off of them or attack another gap. They also practiced swim, arm-under, and other techniques to get around would-be blockers.

Keilen Dykes, Ernest Hunter and Craig Wilson ran in one unit, while Warren Young and Johnny Dingle got the bulk of work with the putative second unit.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez again had the quarterbacks throw to receivers at various spots on the field while the punters kicked at the opposite end. Adam Bednarik has shown the best pure delivery (hands high, ball away from defenders) and overall quality passing of the bunch, while Pat White looks the most crisp and throws the fastest.


  • Adam Serena was still in a green (limited contact) jersey.

  • Jahmile Addae seems to be taking to his leadership position in the secondary. He was constantly instructing others where to be and how and when to shift their alignment or depth.

  • The punters showed the ability to handle a less than perfect snap, as Pat McAfee handled one that bounced off the ground, then got off a booming punt that turned over well and landed just inside the sideline before bouncing out. Phil Brady also got off a couple quality kicks, and showed that he will not relinquish the punting job easily.

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