Thursday Practice Report

The Mountaineer football team recorded another day of progress in some areas, but another injury and some shakiness in the passing game put a bit of a damper on the day.

The football staff was greeted with the news that sophomore defensive back Jahmile Addae could miss two to three weeks, inlcuding the season opener, as a result of the concussion he suffered after tackling Avon Cobourne in Wednesday's scrimmage.

With the secondary being one of several thin spots on the 2002 Mountaineer squad, the news was obviously not a welcome message.

On the plus side, the return of Brian King and Lew Daniels to the defensive secondary was a welcome sight. King had a pass break up in the afternoon scrimmage and got in some needed work.

"The corners have missed a lot of work," head coach Rich Rodriguez noted with some concern."

With the defensive secondary hurting for bodies, true freshmen Mike Lorello and Adam Jones are both expected to play this year. Jones has beeing seeing a good bit of time with the seocnd team at corner, while Lorello has gotten the bulk of his time at free safety.

The morning session, conducted in shorts and pads at the Stadium, continued to focus on fundamentals and the identification of a two deep roster at most positions.

The afternoon featured about 45 minutes of fairly intense scrimmaging on the grass practice field, with several different situations being worked on.

On the defensive side Grant Wiley continued to play at an excellent level, which sometimes escapes notice as that is his expected level of play. Wiley recorded a pass break up in addition to pursuing and covering the run well.

The deep passing game continues to be somewhat hit and miss as the quarterbacks and receivers continue to work to improve their timing and coordination. Missing practice time has contributed greatly to that situation, with both Travis Garvin and Miquelle Henderson missing several sessions recently with groin and quadricep injuries, respectively.


Henderson reinjured the quadricep in Thursday's practice, but the severity of the injury was unknown.

Ben Lynch and Kevin Freemen also missed practices with injuries.

In additon to Mike Lorello, Angel Estrada and Lawrence Audena could move back to safety to provide depth if necessary. Lorello has shown good instincts at the safety spot, and has not been susceptible to play action fakes during pass work.

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