Two A Days End with Shortened Sessions

The Mountaineer football team wrapped up two a day practices with a brief morning session in shorts and an afternoon of situational scrimmaging.

In the morning session, the team practiced with no pads on the AstroPlay surface at the Stadium. A good deal of time was spent on special teams work as the coaches settle on players for all four special temas segments.

Among those getting a chance to return kicks were Phil Braxton, Aaron Neal, Lance Fazier, Cassel Smith and Adam Jones.

After the special teams work, the number one offense and defense ran through a variety of situations against scout team counterparts, followed by the second team in the same scdenario.

Much of the work was again concentrated on the passing game, which head coach Rich Rodriguez remains somewhat concerned with.

"We still need to work on the passing game a lot every day. It's somethingwe've talked about and worked on a lot, and we're going to keep working on it until we get it right."

The afternoon session was in full pads on the grass field, with a good deal of emphasis on blitzing and picking up the blitz. The running backs received several series of picking up blitzing linebackers, while the zone blitz package was again worked on by the defense.

The afternoon was capped by a situational scrimmage, with both the offense and defens etaking turns getting imaginary leads and situations during the game. The defense again had the upper hand during these sessions, although the offense did manage to score three TDs during red zone scrimmaging.

Typically, Saturday has been the last day of two a days, but this year's preseason ending drills will have only one full scrimmage on Saturday.


Defensive back Brian King rejoined the injured list with a reoccurrence of the back spasms that plagued him earlier in the week.

Defensive back Keith Mims and offensive lineman Rod Olds were held out of the afternoon scrimmage. They were joined by bandit Lawrence Audena, who had an apparent stinger, and Angel Estrada, Phil Braxton and Jason Colson, who all were shaken up at various points during the day.

The defense also worked on their dime coverage packages as they continue to install their entire scheme. Co-defensive coordinator Todd Graham said that some work still remains to get the entire system installed before the season begins.

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