Wednesday Practice Report

The football team conducted both sessions of practice on Wednesday in the Stadium, with an emphasis on the passing game.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez has indicated in recent days that the passing game is still not where he wants it, so as a result Wednesday's practice sessions had a bit more emphasis on throwing the ball.

Quarterback Rasheed Marshall continues to improve each time out, as he threw the ball crisply and well during the afternoon session. With Miquelle Henderson sidelined the past few days with an injury, Rasheed has found a new 'go-to' guy in the form of junior college transfer Aaron Neal. Neal caught the ball well and broke more than one tackle during the day's scrimmaging.

The morning session was devoted to light and situational scrimmaging, while the afternoon session was heavier and covered the length of the field. The offense also worked on their "coming out" series of plays where they are backed up against their own goal line.

The defense again got in their share of plays, with Shane Graham and Arthur Harrison getting interceptions during the day. The defense also trapped Rasheed in the end zone for a safety that was generated by excellent pass coverage.

In addition to Neal, running back Erick Phillips made an impression on his return from the injury list in the afternoon scrimmage. Phillips, who was still in a green injury jersey in the morning, ran hard and racked up a few good gains.

In addition to Phillips, defensive back Brian King returned to action. Linebacker Ben Collins (heel) and defensive end Ben Lynch were in red jerseys, while Lew Daniels (mild concussion) was in green.


Walkon quarterback Blake Ladson had the individual effort of the day as he rolled to one side, reversed his field, and picked up about 15 yards after juking two defenders.

WVU continues to diversify its attack with several swing and screen passes to the superback.

The defense continued their work on blitz packages, both for their benefit and to test the offense in handling them. Blitzes can come form just about any angle in this defense.

Power-washing and cleaning continues in the stadium, with those areas completed being noticeably brighter and better looking. The scoreboard has also receive a fresh coat of paint.

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