4/11 Practice Report

The mood was a bit subdued at practice on Thursday as the Mountaineer football team worked on getting through the third week of practice.

With the Gold-Blue game still more than a week away and injuries, bumps and bruises taking their toll, it's to be expected that practice settles down into something of a routine.

That was the story from Mountaineer Field on Thursday as the team worked out in shells (helmets and shoulderpads only) in warm temperatures.

After putting in 5-6 periods of full team scrimmaging yesterday, the focus was on skeleton drills today, including a good deal of 7 on 7 work.

After struggling a bit on Wednesday, Rasheed Marshall looked better today, both in throwing and in decision making. Danny Embick still appears to be battling a bit with his tired arm.

Ben Timmons and Matt Ameri were improved with their snaps, especially from shotgun formation, where they had a couple of problems on Wednesday.

Grant Wiley and Ben Collins continued their position swap today, with Wiley playing outside and Collins the middle linebacker position.

A.J. Nastasi returned to the field today, and showed no effects from the strained groin he suffered on Saturday. His place on the injured lsit was taken by Dee Alston, who limped and was held out of a few drills.

Practice will continue tomorrow with another session in shells, and will be followed by a scrimmage on Saturday morning at Morgantown High School.


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