Saturday Practice Report

Saturday's morning practice in the stadium featured some work on the running game.

As the temperatures heated up in Morgantown this weekend, the football team headed into the final day of limited contact work before next week's full contact sessions.

The offense worked on the running and short passing games in team situations before splitting off into skeleton drills for the remainder of the shortened session.

The passing game was not neglected, however, as both Aaron Neal and Phil Braxton continued to make solid plays. Braxton, who has removed himself from head coach Rich Rodriguez' doghouse ("He's on the porch now," Rodriguez joked), has been making catches and working at the level the coaches expect, and the results are beginning to show on the field.

The coaches began to mix up the offensive and defensive teams a bit, as several backups got reps with the first team. Chief among those were wide receiver Aaron Neal and quarterback Danny Embick.

The injury list has begun to lengthen, and while none appeared serious, they are taking their toll in practice time.

Cornerback Brian King suffered a back spasm that sidelined him for the remainder of practice, while Jason Davis had a shoulder that caused him to miss some plays.

Wering injury shirts this morning were defensive back Anthony Mims, who battled a hamstring problem all spring, and offensive lineman Josh Stewart.

Also sidelined were wide receivers Miquelle Henderson and Rayshawn Bolden and running back Erick Phillips. None of the injuries, however, appear to be serious.

Quarterback Rasheed Marshall continued to show improvement from last season, as he broke off a couple of nice scrambles during scrimmages.

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