Fall Camp Opens for Newcomers

Thirty four newcomers hit the field on Monday for the first two a day practices of the fall session. While much attention was focused on the field, a couple of players on the sidelines during the afternoon session drew attention as well.

The standouts of the first two sessions, both conducted on the new AstroPlay surface at New Mountineer Field, were wide receiver Aaron Neal on offense and Adam Jones on defense. While only a few live situations were run featuring man to man competition, Neal and Jones stood out with their playmaking ability.

Neal, at 6-4, made several nice catches during skeleton drills, and consistently got deep downfield for passes. On the defensive side, Jones showed excellent mobility and change of direction. He, along with Neal, will also likely get a shot at returning both punts and kickoffs.

The offensive and defensive linemen squared off in a series of one on one drills, and defensive line coach Paul Randolph got what he was looking for in some solid play from defensive linemen Fred Blueford and Kelvin Dubouse. Blueford displayed excellent quickness in rushes off the corner, while Dubouse unveiled some bull rushes that occasionally overwhelemed his offensive foes.

The offensive linemen weren't without some notice, either, as guard Dan Mozes continued to show his skills in pass protection.

On the sidelines, attention in the afternoon wandered to a pair of Texas recruits whose status, while still in limbo, certainly wasn't hurt by their arrival at WVU.

Wide recevier J.T. Perry, who is currently awaiting final word on his eligibility appeal to the NCAA, and Keith Mills, a wide receiver/running back who was at WVU last season before returning home, are both attempting to gain eligibility at WVU this year. Their status is under review, and they likely will not practice until their cases are resolved.


- Uniontown's Kevin McLee began the practice sessions at linebacker

- Quarterback Charles Hales had a rough start, but threw the ball well during afternoon practice

- Defensive linemen, inlcuding, Blueford, Dubouse, Craig Wilson, Rachid Story and Warren Young, all displayed a great deal of aggressivness and tenacity in one on one passing drills. Each reached the "quarterback" (a tackling dummy set up duing blocking drills) on several occasions.

- Wide receiver Derrick Smith, who has been a bit overshadowed by reports of Neal's prowess in summer workouts, showed his own talent with a couple of nice sliding catches. Also drawing notice was walkon wide receiver Nathan Forse, who broke a couple of short passes for what would have been big gains.

- Both the morning and afternoon practice sessions were cut a bit short to avoid overworking the newcomers. With only two quarterbacks and four wide receivers, players got all the repetitions they could handle, and then some. Two more practice sessions for the newcomers are scheduled for Tuesday.

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