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Quick Hits: News and Notes from Spring Practice


West Virginia took the field again on Thursday for another spring football practice on a day that actually felt a bit like spring. Here are some notes from the 30 minutes that were open to the media:

-       While the rest of the team was stretching, the quarterbacks took to the net in the end zone to rotate through, tossing three balls apiece at the targets ahead. Paul Millard threw the tightest spirals and was the most consistently on target of the three, while Chavas Rawlins frequently missed the entire net altogether. At one point, QB coach Shannon Dawson gave it a go and fared no better than the freshman.

-       Kicker Josh Lambert again took all of the field goal attempts after the team broke from its stretching period and he connected on each one. The redshirt freshman went 6-for-6, including two extra points and kicks from 29 (twice, both hashes), 34 and 42 yards out.

-       After the kicking concluded, the skill players branched off into three different special teams stations to work on various aspects of their respective units. Wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway and running backs coach JaJuan Seider handled a drill in which two players on a kick coverage engaged their blocker before shedding him and pursuing the return man.

Both coaches did plenty of teaching throughout their five-minute period and at one point, Galloway warned the players in front of him that the drill wasn't a walk through and if they didn't pick up the intensity and the effort, they would spend the entire period doing up-downs.

-       At another special teams station, safeties coach Tony Gibson worked with players on getting down the field and then bending to pursue a runner who had already passed them.

-       Jewone Snow continues to practice in a green, no contact jersey, with Pat Eger, Terrell Chestnut and Dante Campbell in red, spending the majority of their time while the media was present on the stationary bicycles below the south end zone scoreboard.

-       With full pads on once again, the Mountaineers separated into three competition drills, as they have in many of the practices we've been able to see. The receivers took on the defensive backs and the fullbacks and running backs blocked the linebackers.

With Dana Holgorsen, defensive coordinator Keith Patterson and defensive line coach Erik Slaughter watching, two offensive linemen faced off with a defensive lineman and a linebacker, paving the way for a running back. The offensive got the better of the defense in this drill, though it admittedly is set up to do so, with so much room on the outside for the ball carrier to break out.

At one point, Slaughter told his players that he wouldn't put them in if they weren't playing hard. He actually tried to get sophomore Christian Brown to get out of the drill, telling him that he hadn't listened to a word that the coach had told him. But Brown stood there, not moving, and eventually Slaughter gave up on his attempt to kick him out.

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