Workload Analysis

To no one's surprise, Rasheed Marshall will be the number one quarterback going into fall camp. However, Mountaineer QB coach Bill Stewart is facing some other challenging tasks as fall camp looms.

"Rasheed is the guy. He's the incumbent, and he's the guy that deserved it based on his performance during the spring. He's the guy coming out of the chute," Stewart says.

With the easy decision out of the way, Stewart is faced with the more difficult task of devising a work schedule for his quarterbacks that doesn't overload them. That's the reverse of the usual situation, when limited practice time often results in short chances for QBs down the depth chart.

This fall, however, WVU is once again a bit shorthanded at quarterback. With QBs throwing individual drills, wide receiver drills, 7 on 7 drills, full team pass and scrimmages, the number of throws add up quickly.

In addition to the numbers Stewart is also concerned about backup Danny Embick, whose shoulder will be watched closely during the fall. Embick is still working to streghten the muscles around his throwing shoulder.

"We're going to monitor Danny like a baseball pitcher due to his scapula problem," tewart says. "While Danny will probably get the normal number throws in practice situations like seven on seven and team pass, we'll probably hold him out of some individual drills and give Charles Hales some more of that work."

That plan could help speed the development of Hales, who figures to slide into the third team spot almost by default. However, like any other quarterback moving up to college, he'll have to be careful not to overwork his arm as well. The number of throws made by quarterbacks each day run into the hundreds, and with fewere arms to call on the WVU staff must be careful not to overthrow their limited staff.

Current plans call for Rasheed to work every other series during the spring, with the remaining half of the reps to be split between Embick and Hales.

With the departure over the summer of walkon Pat Morrison, WVU may look a little thin at quarterback during fall camp. However, this probably won't change the staff's recruiting plans at the position.

"We've got Dwayne Thompson coming in, who is a phenomenal athlete. That gives us four, so we'll probably take one more guy," Stewart said. We're not going to take a guy to just get us through the year - we want to get a great player. So we'll probably only sign one quarterback in next year's class."

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