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Quick Hits: Mountaineers Camp Gets Physical

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DL J.B. Lageman leads his teammates in drills. DL J.B. Lageman leads his teammates in drills.
MORGANTOWN -

Under a hot sun, the Mountaineers took to the grass practice field for Monday's drills, the second day open to the media since camp began on Thursday.

Take a look at this video of the quarterbacks passing to the receivers and then read these notes from Thursday:

-       The first practice we were able to see was full of what Dana Holgorsen said was not "real football." On Monday, we saw some real football with physical drills between the offensive and defensive lines, the receivers and defensive backs and the running backs and linebackers. Shoulder pads were popping and tempers were high.

-       First up, the receivers and defensive backs. Cody Clay was perhaps the most physical of the blockers on offense, but the biggest confrontation came between freshmen Will Johnson and Karl Joseph. Johnson ended up on the ground with Joseph on top of him, a scuffle that was quickly broken up by the surrounding players.

Throughout the drill, though, the offense seemed to get the better of the defense and cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts was not pleased. Roberts ripped into the defensive backs, telling them they needed to hit back and not just take the blocks the receivers delivered. It was clear Roberts was having no part in his former position beating his the kids he currently coaches.

-       When the running backs took on the linebackers, all were present other than Dustin Garrison and Jewone Snow, as we point out in the next bullet. Early in the drill, freshman rusher Tory Clayton tried his best to block multiple linebackers, but consistently came up short. RBs coach Robert Gillespie continued to put No. 24 back in the drill until he got it right, but that moment never really came in his first few attempts.

Donovan Miles, quite familiar with his old linebacker position, did well at fullback and Andrew Buie finally got it right after waving off the next few blockers so he could get more attempts at successfully keeping the defender off the quarterback.

-       The offensive and defensive line had a good battle, though the blockers typically performed better than the defenders in pursuit. One particular matchup that created a spark along the lines was between Brandon Jackson and Imarjaye Albury. Jackson came to his knees, but still kept Albury at bay, which led to the rest of the d-line jumping on Albury for not being more physical.

-       The string of injury-free practices ended somewhere between last Thursday and Monday. Jewone Snow, the redshirt sophomore linebacker, was back in a red jersey after having recovered from shoulder surgery in the offseason. Dustin Garrison was in a green jersey for limited contact. Head athletic trainer Dave Kerns was on the side of the field that the media was not allowed on, so the extent of the injuries was not immediately known.

-       Left in the notebook and not on the website after day one: congratulations is in order to Daron Roberts. The second year Mountaineer assistant welcomed his first daughter to the world last Wednesday on the eve of camp's open.

Roberts admits he had to skip a meeting in order to be with his wife for the birth of Sydney Roberts, his second child and a new baby sister to his son, Dylan.

After spending a significant portion of his summer on the road recruiting the next generation of Mountaineers, it is worth noting the highlight of Roberts' offseason came away from WVU football.

 

Check back for Dana Holgorsen's live press conference tonight at 7:30 p.m. or watch the recorded version later, right here at wvillustrated.com.

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