Friday Practice Roundup

The media got to take in an hour of practice for the final time on Friday afternoon.

During the one hour window, it was hard to get a good read on how any particular player was doing, other than punter Scott Kozlowski. The redshirt freshman had several punts that were both high and far. He had one rugby kick deflected, but other than that showed no trouble in executing some of the quirks the Mountaineers throw into their punting game.

Place kicker Pat McAfee was in a green jersey, but did get to kick during field goal drills. McAfee showed no ill effects of the strained quad that has hampered him for most of camp. His kicks were high, accurate, and flat-out impressive. While we were there the Mountaineers did not participate in any kickoff drills.

Behind the end zone on the offense's side of the field, tight ends coach Herb Hand and spur/bandit coach Bruce Tall put their charges through a set of drills against each other. The spurs and bandits were trying to blitz around the ends, while the men in white were obviously trying to keep them from doing so.

In the end zone behind those guys, quarterbacks and running backs were doing passing drills. All of the running backs looked fine while catching passes, and the quarterbacks made perfect throws on the swing passes. The signal-callers were also working on selling the fake run after they threw the ball.

Down at the other end of the field, the defensive line was going through their normal routine. The biggest obstacle the d-line had though was finding enough bodies to participate. Three of them (Pat Liebig, Thor Merrow, and Doug Slavonic) were in red jerseys. Of the three, Slavonic's injury appears to be the most serious. He sported a walking cast on his left foot, and though the final diagnosis hasn't been given, he likely has a broken bone in the foot.

Joining the trio of defensive linemen in red was offensive guard Greg Isdaner (sprained knee), bandit safety Ridwan Malik (strained hip), and wide receiver Ryan Dawson.

It wasn't a heavily attended practice by the media. Blue and Gold News publisher Greg Hunter and myself made up 50 percent of the press corps in attendance.

One interested obvserver taking in the day's activities was a scout from the Indianapolis Colts.

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