“Details, the little details,” he shouted.
And on the fourth day of fall camp, those are exactly the things that West Virginia seemed to be aiming its focus toward during the 30-minute period in which media members were allowed to watch.
Before moving over to the field once the Mountaineers were finished working with the special teams units, the receivers spent the majority of the opening section of practice running routes and the running backs spent time with coach JaJuan Seider working on blocking.
The offensive linemen spent their time working on footwork as they continue – like most of the other positions on the team – to look for a rotation of players that they can use once the season gets closer.
Although it’s difficult to truly get a feel for where the position battles stand in the 30 minutes the media is allowed at practice, the WVU quarterback competition looked to continue to be pretty tight as Ford Childress, Clint Trickett and Paul Millard worked on making throws on the run before moving over and starting to pass to the backs and receivers who were running short routes on the field.
Defensively, the little things were also being emphasized once again.
Just as Keith Patterson did on the first day, the Mountaineers focused on playing fast again and worked on plenty of fundamentals.
Toward the end of the 30-minute period, Patterson’s linebacker corps was dropping into coverage and the defensive backs were going through drills with their position coaches on staying low and back-paddling in coverage.
Sophomore defensive back Ricky Rumph, who spent last season as a cornerback and received plenty of game experience in his first season, was running through drills with the safeties on Monday. The move makes sense after Dana Holgorsen’s comments earlier in the day about the Mountaineers potentially being thin at safety.
The injury report remained fairly small for the Mountaineers. Freshman receiver Shelton Gibson traded his red jersey in for a green one, as the highly touted pass catcher from Ohio began participated in drills with his teammates. Sophomore Nana Kyeremeh sat out Monday, spending the first 30 minutes walking around the practice field in his red jersey, and was joined by offensive lineman Adam Pankey who is still in red with a knee injury.
Darrien Howard, Isaac McDonald and d’Vante Henry are still not practicing with the team yet and Holgorsen said he has no update on them at the moment.