Practice Continues for Freshmen, Jucos

The newcomer football class hit the field again Tuesday for more work.

The freshmen and jucos again went through a great deal of individual work as they learn the fundamentals of the WVU offensive and defensive schemes.

Practice was capped off by some head to head competition, however, that action was limited by low player numbers at certain position.

For instance, the offense worked on base handoffs, but with only a couple of offensive linemen available, much of the work was done in a skeleton mode.

Head to head competition continued between offensive and defensive linemen as well as wide receivers and defensive backs.


Juco wide receiver Travis Garvin took in practice from the sidelines on Tuesday morning. He's one of a growing number of veterans who have checked out the newcomers on the field over the firs three practice sessions, including Jason Davis, David Upchurch, A.J. Nastasi, Brian King, Miquelle Henderson, Grant Wiley, Hikee Johnson, and others.

Center Jeremy Hines wore a red jersey on Tuesday after suffering an unspecified leg injury on Monday evening. The injury does not appear to be major.

The eligibility watch on J.T. Perry and Keith Mills continues. Perry may have a slightly better chance of becoming eligible for this season, but precedents do exist in both cases for the NCAA to issue waivers and grant them eligibility for this season. Mills has returned as a walkon, but should he rejoin the team will get the opportunity to earn a scholarship.

WVU wide receiver coach Steve Bird is slowly building his receiving corps to the seven or eight deep that he desires. Bird said he would be surprised if both Derrick Smith and Aaron Neal aren't in his rotation by the time the season begins.

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