Rod Report- Day One

The Mountaineers took to the friendly confines of Milan Puskar Stadium for the first time since Spring Drills today. Afterwards, head coach Rich Rodriguez met with the media.

"It was probably a typical opening practice," said the sixth year head coach. "I thought the effort was pretty good, the attentiveness was pretty good, and the execution was awful. We had some drops, and we didn't complete some passes. We didn't have a lot of mental mistakes, which was good, but at the same time we only had one or two defenses put in."

The three-time defending Big East Champions went through a two hour workout under the sun and clear skies on Saturday. Rodriguez said that it was hard to tell a lot about his team from day one, particularly when they didn't put on pads.

"I think the guys are in pretty good shape, but we're not ready to play a game. Then again, nobody is at this point. It was a good starting point, and we'll go from there."

One of the biggest questions heading into fall camp surrounds the depth behind returning starter Patrick White at quarterback. A pair of redshirt freshmen, Jarrett Brown and Nate Sowers, are vying for the job.

"Nate Sowers and Jarrett Brown need to keep getting better," Rodriguez said. "I think that they're sharper now than they were in the spring. There heads are going to start to swim a little bit as we install more of our offense. We're going to probably be a little bit slower installation-wise than I'd like, but I think eventually we will be OK."

The youngsters will have plenty of help in both White and injured quarterback Adam Bednarik, who will sit out this season after his second shoulder surgery in three years.

"I think Adam will help immensely," Rodriguez noted. "He's a team guy, and he'll be around here to help them out. He'll be a big benefit, and Pat's done a good job from that standpoint as well."

When Rodriguez was asked about WVU's top 10 preseason ranking in the USA Today coaches poll, he quickly dismissed any stock in the ranking, but then backtracked slightly to point out a positive.

"I don't really care," he said at first. "You start of 0-0. The biggest benefit of being ranked anywhere in the top 10 or 12 is that you don't have to play your way into, you have to play your way out."

The Mountaineers will continue preseason drills on Sunday afternoon, and will don full pads later in the week.


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