Rod Report- Day Ten

Mountaineer head coach Rich Rodriguez was upbeat following Wednesday morning's practice.

Between Wednesday morning's practice, and this afternoon's scrimmage, coach Rod met with the media to discuss the morning practice.

"It was a good workout. It wasn't a live practice, we were just in shorts. There was a lot of passing, and a lot of mental work," said Rodriguez. "A lot of minor injuries have slowed our progress down, but I feel good that we've gotten better, which is the big thing. We even got better from yesterday until today, and that's what we want to see"

Several players again missed time with minor injuries. On defense, Jahmile Addae was limited due to a sore shoulder, and Mike Lorello missed another day because of an illness.

"There will be several of guys who are held out of the scrimmage this afternoon. I'm more concerned about the young guys that are out who need the reps as opposed to some of our veterans," said Rodriguez.

Among the younger players missing time is tackle Chris Bassler, who is competing with Travis Garrett for the staring right tackle job.

"We're still waiting on the results from Bassler's knee," said Rodriguez. "We'll meet with the trainers this afternoon."

Due to the absence of Bassler (knee) and Garrett (ankle), redshirt freshman John Bradshaw is taking reps at tackle. Rodriguez also noted that Dan Mozes is capable of playing any position on the offensive line, should the injuries not get better.

The health of quarterbacks Adam Bednarik and J.R. House, both coming off of shoulder surgery, continues to improve.

"Everyday him and J.R. are getting some of their strength back. When we get done with camp and go to single practices, they'll get even more strength back," said Rodriguez. "(Adam), Pat, and J.R. are our top three guys. Everyday, each of them does something positive."

Later today, the team will hold an officiated scrimmage.

"They should be fresh, because we haven't had a lot of heat. This afternoon is going to be a big scrimmage for us, because we'll get a chance to look at some of our younger players, and see where everybody's at," summed up Rodriguez.

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