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Fights Highlight First WVU Practice Following Spring Break

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The West Virginia University football team returned from spring break refreshed and ready to hit. Once again only the first 30 minutes of practice were open to the media.

WVU opened with some special teams in its first few periods before running the Oklahoma drill. This drill features a quarterback to hand it off to a running back at three different stations.  One features a wide receiver blocking a defensive back, another has an offensive lineman trying to block a defensive lineman and a third has a slot receiver on a linebacker. There are cones set up to keep the running backs within a set distance on the field.

A pair of fights interrupted the drill. The first featured receiver Connor Arlia and cornerback Brandon Napoleon. The two competed hard within the drill and that spilled over afterwards when the two exchanged fierce shoves. Within moments the entire group of receivers and defensive backs were involved.

Moments later defensive lineman Will Clarke and offensive lineman Mark Glowinski went at it after Clarke got the upper hand in the drill. This one featured a few punches, but punching in full pads never really accomplishes anything.

Various coaches and players help in getting cooler heads to prevail. Head Coach Dana Holgorsen calmly emerged from the pile both times yelling, "C'mon guys. You are wasting time."

Other highlights of the portion of practice open to the media included plenty of opportunities for returners to separate themselves from the rest of the pack in that position battle.

Jordan Thompson and Andrew Buie remain in the first team for punt return and kickoff return. Buie had a rough afternoon muffing at least two of his return opportunities.

Coaches had players running full contact in punt and kickoff returns. KJ Meyers took his block from inbounds to out of bounds and nearly into the concrete siding of the stadium. Coaches praised him loudly for holding his block that long.

A pair of former WVU offensive linemen attended practice Tuesday. They included Joe Madsen and Josh Jenkins.

Head Coach Dana Holgorsen will meet with the media following practice.

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