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WVU Adding iPads to Football Roster

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Technology is becoming more and more of a common ingredient for successful football programs around the country. West Virginia has added a popular tool in the business world to its list of enhancements. The iPad is making its way around the Puskar Center.

"I tell you one thing that we are starting to do which is pretty cool," Head Coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We have a handful of iPads that we use. Each coach uses them. We can put all of our film on these iPads and throughout the week they can take them home."

Some programs have enough for every player on the roster. WVU is not that fortunate, at least not yet.

"We've only got about a dozen of them," Holgorsen said. "Like I said, there are a bunch of schools that have purchased 125 of them and they are giving them to their players so their players have more access to the opponents."

Quarterback Geno Smith has one of the dozen iPads that belong to the program.

"I just had (Video Coordinator) Brett (Kelley) put the DVSport thing on my iPad, so I have been watching some film on that," Smith said.

The iPads give coaches and players alike the ability to watch film away from the office. It can be used on a bus, on a plane or in a home.

"I'm still figuring out how to use all of that," Defensive Coordinator Jeff Casteel said. "But it really is beneficial to me. It's something that you can take away from the office and have the ability to study the film."

The iPad is enhancing the opportunities the coaches and players have to watch film and scout their opponents. It is making them better prepared for practice and games.

"Coach Lockwood is the one who told me how you can get the film on the iPad, so I am not sure how many we have, but I know I have mine."

There are roughly a dozen iPads around the Puskar Center right now. Holgorsen expects that number to rise as more and more players see it used at home and on the road, "There are only a couple of our guys on our team right now that are using it. I expect that list to grow."

It is important to point out that the coaching staff prevents the players from taking the iPad to class. They want the players focused on school before taking extra time to watch film.

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