Scrimmage on FieldTurf Provides Benefits

WVU's Saturday scrimmage on the FieldTurf surface at Pony Lewis Field in Morgantown provided several benefits for the football program.

While the Field Turf surface is a bit different than the AstroPlay scheduled to be installed at Mountaineer Field later this month (AstroPlay's "grass blades" are a bit longer), there are enough similarities for it to serve as a test run.

"we really got two things out of it," head coach Rich Rodriguez said after Saturday's scrimmage. "First, the University of Cincinnati plays on this same surface, and their field is flat like this one, so we got a test run.

"Second, we need to figure out what kind of shoes we're going to order, whether we're going to go with a molded bottom or with regular screw in spikes."

Despite a steady shower of about 30 minutes, no slippages or bad footing could be discerned during the scrimmage. Afterward, the surface met with the approval of several Mountaineer players.

"I liked it," said Jermaine Thaxton, whose evaluation was no doubt helped by the interception he snared during the scrimmage. "I didn't get scraped up or get any burns. I wish I could have played on a surface like this in high school."

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