While the Mountaineers were limited in what they can do indoors, there was still plenty to take in during the 30 minutes members of the media were allowed to watch from the sidelines.
Usually, the quarterbacks and receivers spend the majority of the time the media gets to see off on their own before moving over to the field to work on running routes together. But due to the cramped nature in the IPF, Clint Trickett, Paul Millard and Ford Childress spent most of their time throwing to the running backs and receivers.
Most of the time, two quarterbacks were throwing to receivers at once, but like head coach Dana Holgorsen said in his press conference earlier Thursday, no one received any more reps than any of the other signal callers.
Throughout the drills, there were plenty of receivers making plays but there were also a number of drops – especially when trying to make catches near the sidelines. Junior Kevin White caught the ball extremely well, continuing his strong progress throughout camp. Wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway emphasized good body position and adjustment to the receivers as they got to the top of the route and looked for the ball.
But prior to that, during the limited time that Trickett, Millard and Childress were off to the side working on their own and throwing into nets, the quarterbacks practice evading pass rushers and getting rid of the ball. Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson and graduate assistants took turns rushing the passers, forcing them to roll out of the pocket and reload before getting rid of the ball.
Defensively, the Mountaineers spent plenty of time working on pursuing the ball carrier. Every group on the defense ran drills that involved breaking into pursuit and making the tackle. They also worked with sleds on getting through contact, where sophomore Nick Kwiatkoski excelled.
All of those drills ended with the players spotting and picking up loose balls that were rolled out by managers.
Defensive backs also spent time back-peddling and finding the ball on deep routes when teams try to beat them over the top.
The injury report was a little more extensive than usual Thursday. Sophomore cornerback Nana Kyeremeh was once again in a red jersey with a shoulder injury that required surgery and will cost him his 2013 season. Freshman cornerback Carlton Nash, and sophomore receivers Jordan Thompson and Dante Campbell joined Kyeremeh and offensive lineman Adam Pankey in red. Shelton Gibson, the freshman receiver from Cleveland, Ohio, was in green but participated in drills. Senior defensive lineman Shaq Rowell sported an extra wrap around one thigh pad, but participated in all drills.