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West Virginia's receiving corps returns with two qualities lacking last season: game experience and increased depth. And though those traits aren't essential for winning, they certainly lay a more solid foundation than that with which position coach Lonnie Galloway began spring drills last season.

The Mountaineers return potential playmakers like Mario Alford, Daikiel Shorts and Kevin White and add better depth numbers with Jordan Thompson, Devonte Mathis, Vernon Davis, Jacky Marcellus and K.J. Myers. West Virginia also has heralded but unproven wideouts like Ricky Rogers and Shelton Gibson. But there should certainly be a concern that the top player in catches and average was departed running back Charles Sims. The race for starting jobs is as wide open as it was last season, with better overall talent competing. Still, not much is settled in the spring, when jobs – barring injury – are typically neither lost nor won.

"They've figured out that I don't really get on them – unless they mess up," Galloway said. "I've got a good relationship with my guys, though I'm loud. That's something they had to get used to."

Aside from his personal approach, Galloway, below, discusses the initial plans for West Virginia's non-padded practice sessions starting March 2, the film review habits and styles of himself and the players and the mental approach of the wideouts heading into a key spring where positions are stocked with talent – and possibility.


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