Smith was one of the first players on the turf for Tuesday evening's first practice session of the season, donning a green No. 9 jersey to signal his limited participation. He tossed balls in several drills, but did little in the way of footwork.
The rising sophomore, who will compete with incoming freshmen Jeremy Johnson and Barry Brunetti for the starting quarterback job this fall, donned athletic shoes (but no cleats). He practiced without the aid of any protective boot.
Smith looked solid in his time on the field, throwing an impressive strike down the left sideline to tight end Will Johnson for what would have been a gain of at least 30 yards on the first play of 7-on-7 drills.
He did not participate in 11-on-11 work, which concluded the practice. That allowed Coley White, the rising junior, to take all of the practice reps in that period.
White, who is expected to move to wide receiver in the fall once Brunetti and Johnson arrive in Morgantown, struggled Tuesday. He repeatedly threw balls well short of his intended target -- twice missing badly on screen passes, which hit the turf hard.
Those, and other mistakes from the offense, prompted coordinator Jeff Mullen to colorfully instruct his players to run specfic plays again.
They are expected to do the same for Wednesday's practice, before a day off Thursday and going into "shells" for Friday's session.
Berry is recovering from shoulder issues, while Bitancurt "had a little thing in his ankle," according to head coach Bill Stewart. The head coach said Bitancurt likely could have kicked Tuesday, but is being held out a few extra days just for precautionary reasons because, as Stewart said, "I've seen him kick."
That opened the door for transfer Corey Smith to take reps as both a placekicker and a punter.
It was unclear whether the move is just to temporarily provide some added depth in a thin receiving corps this spring or whether it could be more long-lasting.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was Stewart saying receiver Tavon Austin would likely move from the slot positions, where he played last year as a true freshman, to a wider spot.
Stewart said if the season had started Tuesday, he would have Austin at the "Z" receiver position, with Starks playing the "X" at the wide side on the opposite end of the field.
Devine burst through the middle of the line before cutting outside to his left and outrunning several defenders before the play was whistled dead by coaches.
The tight ends coach tried to assist with a pass-catching drill, where players run a short, straight-line route before "posting up" against a dummy held by one coach, turning and catching a pass, then turning upfield while being whacked with another dummy.
McMichael was being chided for some weak swings with the dummy by both players and fellow assistant coach Lonnie Galloway.
The wide receivers coach then grabbed the dummy and swung hard at tight end Tyler Urban to show McMichael how it was done. The new guy grinned and proceeded to swing with a bit more ferocity for the rest of the drill.
Equipment modeled to make players run through a series of spring-loaded arms (and, thus, work on securing the football) was in use Tuesday during positional drills -- as was a small "gate" modeled to force players to run with their pads low and their eyes forward.
A new, portable on-field clock system was in place to keep track of which practice period the players were in and how much time remained.