Afternoon Practice Report

The afternoon practice session on the grass practice field had more passing drills and more consistent throws from the quarterbacks.

The quarterbacks continued to progress on Friday afternoon as they showed a bit more consistency than earlier sessions. Rasheed Marshall continues to lead the group, but all the signalcallers seem to be settling in to the practice routine.

Among the receivers, Phil Braxton has apparently returned with more determination and focus, as he has worked hard and been solid through the first couple of days. WVU sorely needs Braxton to produce in the passing game, and it may be that the presence of challenges from the newcomer class provide the boost he needs to be a big factor in the passing attack.

From the sidelines, Josh Bailey, who had missed some work due to an illness in the family, returned to his tight end spot. Wide receiver Miquelle Henderson was back in uniform, but was held out of some drills as he nurses a slight quadriceps problem.

Still being held our are wide receiver Rayshawn Bolden and offensive lineman Josh Stewart.

In some position shuffling, Arthur Harrison got a look at free saftey while Lawrence Audena was evaluated at bandit. That move is simply to provide more flexibility among the free safety, bandit and spur positions.

The day's work was again dominated by passing drills. That figures to continue tomorrow, when two more sessions will be held in helmets and shoulder pads only.

Next week the heavy contact work will begin, with the running game expected to receive mor attention as the team dons full gear for some sessions.

Due to the slim nature of the depth chart, however, head coach Rich Rodriguez is expected to conduct some sessions next week without full contact.

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