Offense Takes Center Stage in Team Session

Offense Takes Center Stage in Team Session

On the final day of practice that members of the media were permitted to attend for 30 minutes, the West Virginia football team once again took part in a short team period.

After opening the practice with stretching and allowing some time for each position to work on drills in their groups, the Mountaineers lined up for some 11-on-11.

Much like Monday's practice, it was junior quarterback Clint Trickett who trotted out for the first drive with the first team offense. And although both Paul Millard and Ford Childress got to play for a drive, Trickett's was the only quarterback to run with the first team, and he was the only one to play two drives.

On his first drive, Trickett was joined in the backfield by junior running backs Charles Sims and Dreamius Smith with K.J. Myers and Ronald Carswell at the outside receiver positions and Mario Alford in the slot. The offensive line with the first team remained the same from left to right: Quinton Spain, Marquis Lucas, Tyler Orlosky, Mark Glowinski and Curtis Feigt

West Virginia moved the ball well on both of Trickett's drives – the best of any of the three quarterbacks.

Trickett's drives saw a variety of pass and run, and even included Mario Alford taking the touch pass perfected by Tavon Austin over the last few seasons.

The offensive line paved the way for plenty of room for Sims and Smith to run, but there were a handful of plays when the defense was able to get into the backfield and get stops.

When Millard took the field with the second team, WVU stalled and was not able to get much going. Dustin Garrison took the majority of the snaps at running back with the second team.

But it was the second drive with the first team that the Mountaineers started shuffling players around a bit more. Freshman Wendell Smallwood was the lone back for Trickett's second drive and, due to Dana Holgorsen's displeasure with the progress of his inside receivers, Daikel Shorts made an appearance in the slot. Shorts went on to make a few catches - including an impressive grab along the sidelines on Karl Joseph.

Defensively, West Virginia kept moving players around much like Keith Patterson has said he would like to. The linebacker rotation of Isaiah Bruce, Doug Rigg, Jared Barber, Wes Tonkery, Brandon Golson, and Sean Walters spent time rotating around at each position with a number of them playing both inside and outside spots.

Childress took the final drive, completing a few passes to Devonte Mathis. His first attempt during the session came on a play-action pass in which the redshirt freshman was able to roll to his right and avoid pressure before finding Mathis across the middle.

The drive ended with an incomplete pass from Childress to Ivan McCartney on an unsuccessful fade route.

Sophomore Garrett Hope earned some time at fullback after making the switch to the offensive side of the ball. Hope was in the backfield during the final drive and caught a pass and blocked well for junior running back Andrew Buie.

Junior wide receiver Kevin White was once again in a green medical jersey with a shoulder injury and did not participate in the team session, as did linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski who worked with the first-team defense Monday.

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