Final Scrimmage More Like a Walkthrough

Friday evening's final scrimmage before the season opener next Saturday was light on contact in deference to the thin Mountaineer ranks.

The "prescrimmage" ceremonies were very game-like, as the WVU cheerladers and Mountaineer Marching Band led the players onto the field.

The starters and top reserves were wearing WVU's new blue home uniforms, which feature white shadowing around the numbers. From a distance, this shadow makes it a bit more difficult to pick out the numbers.

Both the offense and defense worked on different situations, but there was very little hitting and blocking. There was also no tackling to the ground, just wrapping up. In fact, the scrimmage resembled a pregame walkthrough more than anything.

The light nature of the session is understandable, however, given WVU's injury concerns, especially in the secondary. Mike Lorello remained sidelined, while Angel Estrada wore a green jersey signifying no contact at all.

Lorello, whose MRI on his injured knee came back negative, is expected to return on Monday.

Avon Cobourne saw only limited action, but not due to any injury problems. In his stead, Cassel Smith got a number of carries from the superback position.

The scout team faced the first and second teamers for the majority of the session in the Stadium.

WVU will embark upon a normal pregame week next Monday as the countdown to the 2002 season enters its final stages.

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