WVU Wraps Up Third Week of Spring Practice

WVU Wraps Up Third Week of Spring Practice

As the West Virginia football team opened its second practice of the spring up to fans and members of the media Saturday afternoon, it looked as if it was going to be one of the nicest days of practice so far.

But after about 45 minutes of action, the sun started to go away and rain began to fall on Milan Puskar Stadium and the handful of Mountaineer fans in attendance for the open session.

Much like they did a week ago in Wheeling, West Virginia stretched out before starting practice by breaking up into groups and doing Oklahoma drills. During this portion of the was the first of a few times things got a bit lively between members of the team.

On their last time through the drill, WVU receiver Vernon Davis drove K.J. Dillon to the ground as his running back ran past the block with ease - causing several members of the offense, energized by the drill, to run out and start getting in the defense's face and talking back and forth as a shoving match between the two broke out for a few moments.

As the team broke up into their groups to work on position drills and do some individual work, none of the Mountaineer quarterbacks did much to stand out among the others - a trend that would continue throughout the practice. But this wasn't necessarily anything the quarterbacks were doing wrong, as much as it was a sign of inconsistent play from a WVU receiving corps that had trouble with dropped balls and getting open for much of the afternoon.

The quarterbacks did spend much of the early portion of the practice off to the side throwing into the nets with quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. This work would be put to good use later on in the day when all three quarterbacks who took snaps during the team portion of the day had multiple plays where they were out of the pocket finding receivers.

Much like the signal callers, other players on the team were working a lot on position-specific things they would later us during the practice.

The first of two small skirmishes broke out during practice after a series of plays involving Brandon Golson and Mark Glowinski. The two started shoving each other after a play and after Golson got into the backfield with ease to make a big hit on the following play, Glowinski knocked Golson down when it was over as Christian Brown and Quinton Spain also stepped in and got involved.

The second came later on during the team session when K.J. Myers and Ishmael Banks started going back and forth at one another after Banks was called for pass interference in the end zone on Myers.

During the team session, Josh Lambert came in and made a few kicks, including one from 40 yards out. The sophomore has yet to miss a kick during the sessions media has been allowed to see this spring.

While the depth chart didn't change for the most part when the teams scrimmaged one another, but a few small tweaks were made. As opposed to last week in Wheeling when Skyler Howard took all the first-team reps at quarterback, it was Paul Millard who saw the most snaps with the first team Saturday in Morgantown while Howard and Logan Moore also received plenty of work.

In one of his only drives with the second-team offense, Millard hit Myers for one of four touchdown passes on the day for the Flower Mound, Texas, native. He would also throw touchdowns to Mario Alford, Daikiel Shorts and Cody Clay to close out the scrimmage.

Moore worked solely with the second team and scored two touchdowns on the day, one through the air to Devonte Mathis and the other a long touchdown run on a bootleg for the walk-on.

Howard struggled at times and his best try at the end zone was intercepted by Ricky Rumph.

Myers, who eventually saw a few first-team reps at receiver, had a chance for a second touchdown grab on what would have been the play of the day. The junior took a perfect pass from Moore and looked like he made the catch and got his foot in but dropped the ball as he fell to the turf.

Redshirt freshman Jacky Marcellus was limited during practice and spent much of it doing bear crawls with the strength staff.

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