Spring Practice Report - Day Two

The Mountaineers went through a lengthy, two-hour-plus practice session Saturday morning, marking day two of spring drills for WVU.

Again West Virginia worked extensively on the passing game, doing both seven-on-seven and full team passing drills during the practice, which, like day one, was a non-contact session in which the players were dressed in just helmet, shorts and jerseys. The contact work will begin next week when the Mountaineers will practice in shells (helmets, shoulder pads and shorts) on Monday and in full pads on Wednesday.

Unlike day one, which was conducted in a steady drizzle, Saturday's weather was dry and pleasant with temperatures in the low 50s. ast season. But as of day two, here is West Virginia's two deep:

First-team Offense

Wide receiver – Wes Lyons
Slot receiver – Jock Sanders
Left tackle – Ryan Stanchek
Left guard – John Bradshaw
Center – Eric Jobe
Right guard – Jake Figner
Right tackle – Selvish Capers
Tight end – Tyler Rader
Slot receiver – Brandon Hogan
Wide receiver – Tito Gonzales
Quarterback – Pat White
Fullback – Thor Merrow
Running back – Noel Devine

Second-team Offense

Wide receiver – Alric Arnett/Kendall Washington
Slot receiver – Carmen Connolly/Jack Crow
Left tackle – Matt Timmerman/Don Barclay
Left guard – Phil Conroy/Chad Snodgrass
Center – Gino Gradkowski/John Hafferty
Right guard – Eric Rodemoyer
Right tackle – Stephen Maw
Tight end – Cody Nutter
Slot receiver – C.J. Matthews
Wide receiver – Will Johnson
Quarterback – Charlie Russell/Bradley Starks
Fullback – Maxwell Anderson
Running back – Mike Poitier

First-team defense

Defensive end – Zac Cooper
Nose guard – Chris Neild
Defensive tackle – Doug Slavonic
Will linebacker – J.T. Thomas
Mike linebacker – Anthony Leonard
Sam linebacker – Mortty Ivy
Boundary cornerback – Guesly Dervil
Bandit safety – Charles Pugh
Free safety – Boogie Allen
Spur safety – Quinton Andrews
Field corner – Kent Richardson

Second-team defense

Defensive end – Julian Miller
Nose guard – Joshua Taylor
Defensive tackle – Larry Ford
Will linebacker – Archie Sims
Mike linebacker – Najee Goode
Sam linebacker – Pat Lazear/Ovid Goulbourne
Boundary cornerback – Ellis Lankster/Anthony Wood
Bandit safety – Nate Sowers/Trippe Hale
Free safety – Eain Smith/Derek Knight
Spur safety – Sidney Glover/Evan Rodriguez
Field corner – Brantwon Bowser/Eddie Davis

This depth chart doesn't contain the names of a number of returning lettermen, who did not practice Saturday. Wide receiver Dorrell Jalloh (excused absence for a class trip) missed the first two days of practice, but he's expected to be back on the field Monday. But a number of others will miss most or all of spring practice with a variety of injuries they suffered last season and are currently rehabbing. Those who will be out include: linebacker Reed Williams, defensive lineman Scooter Berry (will probably practice some later in the spring), tight end Sam Morrone, offensive guard Greg Isdaner, center Mike Dent, offensive tackle Jon Walko and offensive guard Derek Hayes.

Saturday's practice was watched by a large contingent of curious spectators, as it was Junior Day for the Mountaineers. There were approximately 75 prospects, who are currently high school recruits, as well as their parents and/or coaches, in attendance at Saturday's practice. Those recruits came from West Virginia and many of the surrounding states, and also as far away as New Jersey and Delaware.

In addition, many of next year's invited walk-ons, who will join the WVU football team next fall, were at practice. There were 14 of those invited walk-ons, as well as their parents, watching Saturday's drills.

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