Spring Football Practice Report - 4/5

The Mountaineer football team split time between Mountaineer Field and the Caperton Indoor Facility during Friday's practice session.

WVU conducted the first half of drills outside in cold and sometimes blustery conditions, then moved inside for the second half of practice. The team was in "shells" (helmets and shoulder pads only), which meant no full contact.

As is usual in these sessions, there still is contact in terms of blocking, but tackles are cut short and players aren't taken to the ground.

Jermaine Thaxton's shoulder bruise yielded better news - he might miss only a couple of days before returning to practice.

Practice followed the normal pattern of the past week, with a good deal of passing work in skeleton drills leading up to a team pass session near the end of practice.

On the offensive side of the ball, the passing game cranked up a notch, with Rasheed Marshall completing a pair of long passes to Scott Beresford. A.J. Nastasi also made a couple of nice catches on the day.

After a day of no throwing on Wednesday and no practice on Thursday, backup quarterback Danny Embick returned to throwing without any visible ill effects.

Defensively, Lew Daniels dreew some notice with two excellent pass break ups on deep balls. With Brian King out for the spring, and WVU thin at the cornerback spots, Daniels' play on the day was encouraging.

On the injury front, Adam Lehnortt is likely out for the spring with his dislocated elbow, but it should not be a long term problem and he is expected to make a full recovery by fall.

Tory Johnson's dislocated shoulder will be treated carefully, so it's likely that he is done for the spring as well. Shoulder injuries must be rehabbed patiently to guard against reinjury.


The offense is huddling at times during 11 on 11 drills so that the defense can work on recognizing offensive personnel as they break the huddle and getting into the correct formation.

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The fullbacks got a few carries during inside run work, and also were the targets of a few passes.

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One hundred eighty-eight high school coaches are on hand this weekend for the second annual coaches clinic. Staffs from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio took in parts of practice today before meeting with the WVU coaching staff for clinics and a mixer this evening.

The caoches, which were about evenly split between in state and out of state schools, will also view Saturday's scrimmage.

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