Fall Practice Report: Day 2

Under a baking mid-day sun, the teaching and learning continued on day two of WVU's fall football camp at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown.

Much like Saturday afternoon's season-opening practice, the Mountaineers focused almost exclusively on fundamentals at all positions in their second team workout of the 2009 season.

Once again donning shorts and helmets, the session was clearly aimed at polishing the most basic techniques performed by each player.

Quarterbacks and centers worked on snapping from a standard position and out of the shotgun.

Shotgun snaps, with quarterbacks exactly five and a half yards behind center, were delivered consistently, and the conventional exchanges were equally on target.

Across the field, punters and kickers took turns practicing their kicks.

Both Greg Pugnetti and Scott Kozlowski consistently booted punts that traveled 40-45 yards in the air with plenty of hang time, while kicker Tyler Bitancurt showed solid accuracy from as far out as 45 yards.

In one corner of the field, defensive linemen continued to work under the close eye of position coach Bill Kirelawich.

They worked on making a quick break from their stance as the ball is snapped, while Kirelawich tried to reinforce the concept of "ripping" at the opposing lineman while keeping the chest down to minimize areas that blockers can hit to gain leverage.

In a separate drill, the pass rushers kicked one step laterally before making an explosive move through a low "tunnel" made of padding. The workout appeared to be designed to force linemen to keep their pad level low while maintaining both speed and balance in their attack.


  • Wide receiver Wes Lyons returned to the team after being absent at yesterday's opening session.

    The Pennsylvania native was at home for a funeral after his grandmother passed away last week.

  • Tight end Tyler Urban also spent some time doing fundamental ball protection drills and agility drills with the running backs.

    That could be a sign that the sophomore could spend some time in the backfield, perhaps as part of a "jumbo" package that could help alleviate some of the short-yardage issues that plagued the WVU offense a season ago.

  • Offensive coordinator Jeff Mullen spent a moment lecturing his charges once more on the need to quickly read formation signals and get in position in a no-huddle offense.

    Apparently, after the media left the field on the first day of practice, some of the offensive linemen were a bit too slow for Mullen's liking in those speed drills. The second-year coordinator sent a message to the big guys on Sunday.

    "Yesterday we spent too much time waiting on you fat guys to get lined up," he said.

    The team then repeated its no-huddle drill, and the first team offense's performance appeared to be to Mullen's liking.

  • Quarterback Eugene Smith and offensive lineman Ryan Spiker continued to be the only players in green (limited participation) jerseys.

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