Stew's Views: Day Three

The third day of spring practice proved to be troublesome for the Mountaineer offense despite the addition of freshman wide receiver Logan Heastie.

"I think that the defensive guys just came down and knocked them back today," head Coach Bill Stewart said of the day's work, in which the defense dominated. "Actually, I don't think, I know the defense got after them. The defense was swarming and the defense was really up in the offensive guy's faces and they just didn't respond well. Logan Heastie was out there doing some drills. It's just good to have him out there, and I appreciate the eligibility center acting in such a quick fashion. It is very nice and pleasing to know that they do put the young men's interest at heart and that is a tremendous complement to our eligibility center."

The Mountaineer defense had a strong showing on Friday. For the second practice in a row, the defense snatched up an interception against the Mountaineer passing game.

"I thought Keith Tandy's interception was big," said Stewart. "He has a nice break on the ball and really looked good. I am glad to see Keith make that play."

Praise for one side of the ball usually means a bit of criticism for the other, and that was the case for the offensive unit on the last day of the work week. Stewart was far from pleased with the efforts of the young offensive line.

"I thought they (the offense) would fight a little tougher," admitted Stewart. "In the fight and the enthusiasm of the offensive line, I was not pleased at all. Our defense was pitch forking and coming down hill at them and it stunned them pretty good. They broke out a couple plays there and did some nice things but not on a consistent basis."

There were a few bright spots in the otherwise dull offensive effort. Stewart was pleased with the efforts of sophomore tight end Tyler Urban and senior wide receiver Alric Arnett.

"I think that Alric Arnett is going to be a heck of a player," said Stewart. "He is going to be a leader on our receiving corps, and he made some big catches again today. Tyler Urban is doing well, he looked like he was catching the ball pretty good. I think that he will get better every year. We are going to count on some big things from Tyler Urban this year."


WVU worked a good bit on inside run on Friday, and redshirt freshman Ryan Clarke showed some flashes of ability.

"Ryan Clarke has been both fullback and tailback today. He has played fullback and tailback, which is good to see. We need a big back, and Ryan has a chance to do that. Today at times, he looked ok and at other times he looked lost. It was just day three and a typical offense for right now."

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The Mountaineers will be back on the field at 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning for their first fully padded practice of the spring.

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