Defensive Dominance Wraps Up Week One

Despite not having some packages installed, the defense came out on top in some brief 11 on 11 sessions on Saturday afternoon.

The defensive troops held the offense to one successful field goal in five series of action that started from midfield and from the defenses' fifteen yard line, which pleased the coaches on that side of the ball to no end.

Despite some yardage gained during those series that started from midfield, the defense came up with a couple of big stops.

Of course, with only helmets and shoulderpads on, there wasn't any tackling, so only a "wrapup" of the ball carrier was required to end a play. however, the brief full session had to be encouraging for the defenders.

There was also a ten minute session of inside run, again absent tackling but not lacking in intensity. The offensive and defensive lines traded hits while the running game got its first extended workout of the preseason.

Portions of the kicking game were also installed, including work on kickoff returns.

After a day off on Sunday, two a days enter the heavy lifting phase with six straight days, some in full pads.


- Jahmile Addae and Krys Williams had interceptions for the defense during team drills. Addae's was an excellent leaping grab of a pass thrown a bit behind him.

- Tight end Ryan Thomas, who head coach Rich Rodriguez singled out after morning drills for good work, caught a couple of passes, including a nice over the shoulder grab that would have gone for a touchdown.

- The coaches continue to stress the proper pursuit angles for the defense, especially in the secondary. that's an area that was substandard last year, and which must improve if WVU is to cut down on the number of big plays they allow their opponents.

- At one point, Mike Lorello (spur), Lawrence Audena (bandit), Arthur Harrsion (free safety) and Adam Jones (cornerback), were on the field together with the second unit. The defensive staff is continuing to experiment with different combinations in the secondary.

- Miquelle Henderson (quadriceps), Rayshawn Bolden, Brian King (back), Erick Phillips (thigh) Jeremy Hines (leg), Anthony Mims (hamstring) and Garin Justice all sat out the afternoon session.

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