Big Practice Week Begins Lightly

The kickoff to the final week of two a day practices for the football team began as last week ended -- in helmets and shoulder pads only.

The lightening of the schedule can be attributed to a couple of factors.

First, the staff is pleased with the effort and intensity that the team has shown through the first week of two a days. Installation of the offensive and defensive packages is going well, and the coaches are generally happy with the pregresison the team has made in those areas.

Second, with depth a critical factor, the staff is being cautious about beating the team up early in the week and being left with short numbers for the scrimmages scheduled for Wednesday and Saturday.

As a result, Monday's morning session in the Stadium was again limited contact without full pads. The defensive coaches are continuing to stress creating turnovers, with several drills being devoted to ball stripping. Also, anytime the offense and defense face off, the coaches stress wrapping up ballcarriers, then stripping them of the football.

WVU opponents in 2001 ran 565 rushing plays, yet the Mountaineers forced but 26 fumbles and recovered only 13. That number needs to improve in 2002.

This afternoon's session on the grass practice field is scheduled to be in full pads.

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