Rod Report - Day Twelve

All signs were "One Way" pointing toward the end of preseason football camp in Morgantown. After a practice this afternoon, and a scrimmage tomorrow, Camp Rod number five will be in the books.

Surrounded by suitcases, garmet bags, laundry detergent, and various other freshman life necessities, Rich Rodriguez met with several media members after the morning practice.

"I'll tell you what, it looks like some of these guys packed for a family of four," quipped Rodriguez, referring to the massive amounts of personal belongings that were situated on the floor of the Puskar Center directly to his left.

Nothing new on the practice front. Several players again missed time with injuries. Dwayne Thompson, Brandon Myles, Travis Garrett, and Jason Gwaltney were among the players who missed practice today.

Originally, it was believed Gwaltney suffered a sprained knee, but as it turns out it was indeed his ankle. It isn't known whether he will miss tomorrow's scrimmage with his sprained ankle.

"We'll have to wait and see how he responds to treatment," said the head coach. "It's a very mild sprain."

Garrett will hopefully be back for Monday's practice. Getting reps for the Grafton native is especially important because of Chris Bassler's anticipated prolonged absence (torn ACL.) In the meantime, redshirt freshman John Bradshaw is running with the first team offensive line at left tackle.

"He's a guy that can play guard and tackle, and right now we've got him at tackle," said Rodriguez.

As camp winds down, Rodriguez talked about how united this team is.

"I sense that this team is really tight, from a chemistry standpoint," he said. "The true test will come when we're faced with adversity."

Added junior tailback Jason Colson, "There's no one here that puts themselves ahead of the program."

The Blue and Gold will practice again this afternoon, and have a little bit of fun tonight as the freshmen host the annual "Gong Show."

"I think they're looking forward to it," said Rodriguez.

We are but sixteen days away from the season opener at Syracuse. Listening to Rodriguez, one gets the sense that while there's plenty to work on, it's been a very productive two weeks at Mountaineer Field.

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