Football Practice Notebook

Under bright sunny skies, West Virginia opened its 2010 preseason practice schedule with a session on the turf at Milan Puskar stadium


In the freshman class, Quantavius Leslie, Avery Williams, Dante Chambers and Quinton Spain are not enrolled. Leslie and Williams are at a junior college and a prep school, respectively.

Marquis Wallace and Trey Johnson have at least conditional approval from the NCAA Initial Eligibility Center and were on the field. Offensive lineman Ryan Spiker has left the team and will transfer. Defensive lineman Chris Palmer, who had an absence last year, has returned. Offensive lineman Nick Kindler, who underwent shoulder surgery in the offseason, is not part of the 105 in camp, but will return when the remainder of the team returns. Defensive lineman Jamal Nelson was also not with the 105 players reporting for practice today, but his status is unknown at this point.

New walk-ons making an appearance were running back Kwabena Asante, offensive lineman Mike Calicchio, wide receivers Terrell Morning, Cotey Wallace and Jack Crossin, quarterback Tom Ferrari and defensive back Anthony Vecchio.


Walk-on wide receiver Andrew Goldbaugh's father was killed in an automobile accident in Florida while the family was on vacation. His vehicle was struck by another car traveling the wrong way on I-95. The drive of that vehicle as arrested on suspicion of DUI.


Bruce Irvin worked out with the linebackers, a position that will likely become permanent. Marquis Wallace was with the offensive linemen. Coley White ran with the wide receivers.

Returning kicks were Brandon Hogan, Jock Sanders, J.D. Woods, Eddie Davis and Tavon Austin. Noel Devine is also in the mix to return kickoffs.


Trying to slot Barry Brunetti as a passer and Jeremy Johnson as a runner would be a grave mistake. Brunetti moves well in the pocket, and on drills showed good balance and the ability to reset his feet quickly while simulating reads. Johnson throws the ball better than advertised, and certainly doesn't have any major flaws in his mechanics. It has been a long time since WVU had three quarterbacks that threw the ball as solidly as the freshman duo and Geno Smith did on the first day of practice.


Most of WVU's practice drills appeared to follow the same pattern, with a couple of minor tweaks. Field goal and field goal block teams drilled separately at opposite ends on the field. A new practice apparatus, a sling and band that can be velcroed around a football was used in ball security drills. In that action, one player carried the ball while a second tugged on the band to try to dislodge it.

Many drills were conducted a bit more slowly the first few times through as the freshmen and newcomers learned how to execute them properly. As in any learning situation, there were a number of miscues, esepcially in the areas of footwork and proper positioning, as the rookies went through the work for the first time under the eyes of the coaching staff.

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