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April 11, 2013

Spring Practice Report Day 11





Practice rolled on at Mountaineer Field Thursday afternoon as West Virginia held session No. 11 of the spring.

The session began like the majority of the practices to this point with the quarterbacks taking one end of the field to work on basic drills, while the rest of the team met at midfield to stretch.

Special teams work then took over the practice with field goal attempts from various spots on the field by redshirt freshman kicker Josh Lambert. On his first two attempts, Lambert split the uprights but the kick from outside 40-yards appeared to be tipped or came off his foot wrong falling to the ground way off target.

A new drill was then introduced with assistant head coach Joe DeForest standing in the middle of the scurry as a gunner attempted to get past various levels of blockers on his way to tackle the returner. The drill was split up into one level at first, but more were added as time passed.

"Ride them all the way into the second level," DeForest said.

At one point in the drill, sophomore cornerback Ricky Rumph played the role of gunner and was able to get around Connor Arlia untouched when he faked him out and caused him to lose his footing.

Quarterbacks then took turns throwing the football with Paul Millard and Ford Childress on one end and Chavas Rawlins along with fourth quarterback for the day Shannon Dawson tossing to the wide outs. As they broke up from that portion, the quarterbacks threw deep balls and each was able to drop the ball in to most of their intended targets down the sideline.

And as they did Tuesday, the quarterbacks all threw simultaneously to different levels on the field with a short, medium and long option.

Vernon Davis was now sporting a white offensive jersey during the practice and worked out with the wide receivers for the second straight day. Davis had been working primarily at cornerback in the earlier practice sessions.

On the injury front, junior running back Andrew Buie once again was sporting a red jersey on the exercise bike along with Dante Campbell and Terrell Chestnut.

Offensive linemen Pat Eger was back on the field today in full pads practicing. Last week Eger injured his ankle and was rested for "precautionary reasons" according to offensive line coach Ron Crook. Today Eger was in full pads and completing drills. Now within the thirty minutes, media is able to see, Eger was full go, as for the rest of the practice that is yet to be known. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen should talk about it in his press conference tonight.

Eger was in the thick of the center competition when he went down with injury last week. With Eger back in the fold now, the competition reopens for now between Eger and Tyler Orlosky.

Hamilton (Oh.) offensive lineman Devan Pankey, the younger brother of Adam, was on hand taking in the practice and appears to be every bit as big as his brother at this point.

Don Nehlen was spotted at the end of practice talking with head coach Dana Holgorsen. The Mountaineers resume practice Saturday but that session will be closed to the media. The next and final open session will be held Tuesday before the Gold-Blue Game.


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