The West Virginia University football team took the field for the second time this spring. It was another sunny day with temperatures near 80 degrees on the field.
The media was only permitted to view 30 minutes of practice, which included kickoff coverage. That was followed by several periods of individual work for the various positions.
New defensive line coach Erik Slaughter was very active with his group. He was quick to praise some players and quick to take the precious moments necessary to teach other players. Jorge Wright earned some praise from Slaughter for staying low on a drill designed to bull rush the passer.
Robert Gillespie was equally as vocal with his running backs as Slaughter was with the defensive linemen. Gillespie worked on the fundamentals of blocking with his players. Shawne Alston was actively working on showing some of the younger players proper technique to reinforce what Gillespie was teaching.
The quarterbacks and receivers looked a little better than they did in Sunday's practice. Quarterbacks connected on about 50 percent of passes thrown beyond 30 yards. That needs to improve, especially without defensive backs covering the receivers.
Head Coach Dana Holgorsen did not say much during the 30 minutes we could watch, but he did make his way to each position and watch players on both sides of the ball go through their drills.
Also of note, former WVU defensive lineman Bruce Irvin was once again on the sidelines watching practice.