MORGANTOWN - The football team is just about halfway through spring practices now, and the group is making progress with the players here at school.
Learning and progressing isn't possible for those who have been sidelined with injury, which to this point has remained just a few individuals.
Offensive linemen Pat Eger just went down with an ankle injury this week. The former right tackle who's being converted into a center has been improving each and every day, despite having ankle surgery earlier this offseason.
"Pat was starting to get back into the swing of things, and he went down," says head coach Dana Holgorsen. "I hope it is not serious at all."
Another unfortunate situation comes with redshirt freshmen Adam Pankey. Another big man on the offensive front is having knee surgery to repair an ACL.
Pankey, a six-foot-five, 323-pounder didn't see any playing time last season, but has shown coaches that he has what it takes to compete for a starting roster spot.
"It is incredibly disappointing to see coming off his redshirt year," says Holgorsen. "He has so much upside. He was showing more improvement than any other offensive lineman that we had."
Lastly, Holgorsen announced that defensive lineman Korey Harris has been indefinitely suspended. He will steer clear of the team for the remaining of the spring semester, and possibly further into the future.
Injuries haven't been a big issue for the Mountaineers in the past, and it seems to be staying like that for the time being.
The spring game is just over two weeks away (April 20), so as the intensity and physicality of practices pick up, the team will look to stay as healthy as possible.