Minor Injuries Nag Workout

West Virginia's second day of full-squad practices continued on Mountaineer Field Friday, and some notable names were missing.

WVU's thin wideout corps was hit with a minor rash of nagging injuries. Sophomore Miquelle Henderson, expected to be one of the Blue and Gold's big-play threat and QB Rasheed Marshall's favorite target, has an injured left quadriceps muscle.

He is expected to return to practice as early as this evening or Saturday.

Newcomer Rayshawn Bolden, a wideout not expected to see time this season, also wore the red jersey, indicating an injury, and did not practice.

Offensive lineman Josh Stewart was hampered by a left hamstring injury. He did not practice and his return time is unknown, though the injury is not serious.

Kelvin Dubouse, a sophomore West Virginia native, had a wrapped left ankle and did not practice. His return time is unknown.

Travis Garvin, WVU's best hope for a playmaking receiver out of the new signees, is running with the second team until he can get in better shape.

The former Missouri Tiger took classes and worked all summer, in addition to caring for his son, and his workouts suffered because of lack of time. As a result, his overall physical conditioning is not where the coaches would like it, and is certainly not in even practice shape.

"I just really need to get my legs under me," Garvin said at lunch through chattering teeth after getting out of an ice-cold tub. "I just reported in really bad shape, and I am trying to work that out. After a week or two I should be fine."

To speed the process, Garvin runs two miles with head coach Rich Rodriguez every morning at 6 a.m. Even with a lack of conditioning, Garvin's talent will likely be enough to get him on the field when the season starts.

Redshirt freshman Rod Olds has finally settled on a position. The backup left guard has moved from offense to defense and back again, filling WVU's major needs.

It wasn't a totally unselfish move, however, as Olds should now see more playing time.

"I was running third team on the defensive line, and now I'm second team battling for first on the offensive line," he said. "I wanted the playing time, and I felt comfortable (on offense.) The coaches asked what I wanted to do, and I chose offense. It also helps because my roommate, Kelvin (Dubouse) plays defensive line and I would have been competing against him. I didn't want to do that.

"I think my time playing defense will help me now," Olds said. "I know what the defensive linemen are thinking, so if I step this way I can anticipate how they will move and react. It has helped me."

Backup linebacker Adam Lehnortt, a sophomore playing behind James Davis, said he elbow is fully healed and he notices it only when doing certain lifts in the weight room.

"It's fair to say that I am 100 percent," he said. "It's not bothering me at all. I don't even notice it."


WVU worked on individual drills this morning before a light, skeleton scrimmage at the end in helmets and shoulder pads.

Todd Graham, WVU's co-defensive coordinator in charge of personnel and safeties coach, put defensive players through fumble-recovery drills. The drill included one player slapping the ball away from the sidelines while another, coming from behind, dove on the loose pigskin, cradling it.

Graham has made it a point to emphasize turnovers this season, and gaining control of the ball before trying to pick up yardage.

"Men, he said, holding up a football, "there is nothing more important than this. This ball, or a turnover, gets you off the field."

The offensive and defensive lines, along with the secondary and linebackers, went through routine drills. WVU's first and second/third team offense ran the no-huddle from the 40-yard line in.

As usual, wide receiver coach Steve Bird signaled in plays, and the quarterbacks made the read and called the play to the line, backs and wideouts. When the play was finished, another ball was spotted there immediately, and Bird made the calls again. Normal duration of the drill, from 40-yard line to end zone: five plays, 90 seconds.

Redshirt freshman Anthony Mims, defensive back, and linebacker LeAndre Washington came up with interceptions in the latter portions of the skeleton scrimmage. Mims picked off Charles Hales when the JUCO transfer floated a ball deep on the sidelines. Washington's interception came off walkon Blake Ladson.

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