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Position changes highlight the latest spring practice for West Virginia football as the Mountaineers continue to inch closer to the Gold-Blue Game on April 20. Below are a few observations from the drills that were open to the media.

-       Typically it's only the white jerseys who are lining up on the offensive side of the ball, but on Tuesday, a blue shirt took part in the receiver drills. Under WR coach Lonnie Galloway's instruction, redshirt freshman cornerback Vernon Davis ran routes alongside the usual suspects at receiver. Galloway and Davis have spent the spring together when the team breaks off to work on punt return and apparently the coach saw something in the player to make him feel that at least experimenting at another position would make sense.

-       Logan Moore continues his work at the wide receiver position after moving from quarterback in time for last week's practices. The Fairmont native had been at the bottom of the QB rotation and made it clear to his coaches that he wanted to do whatever it took to get on the field and contribute. On Tuesday, he was right there with the rest of the receivers, running routes and catching passes from the players he used to share a meeting room with.

Moore certainly has the build to get in the mix with the rest of the slot receivers and looked comfortable making the cuts and the catches and then getting up field. He's got a long way to go, but the road to playing time at receiver will likely prove easier for him than sticking it out under center.

-       We heard a lot last week about how much sophomore Garrett Hope has been moved around through a variety of positions as he searches for his best fit in the WVU defense and though defensive coordinator Keith Patterson said he would make the biggest impact at inside linebacker, he found his way to the defensive line rotation, working with the bucks and ends on Tuesday.

-       Another player who seems to be bouncing from position to position is redshirt freshman defender Sean Walters. After taking a shot at safety, he's now worked his way to Patterson's group with the inside linebackers. At one point last season, Walters said he came to Morgantown at 180 pounds. He's currently listed on the official team roster at 215.

-       Defensive graduate assistant Andrew McGee is giving the Mountaineers an extra set of eyes and is proving a valuable asset to the blue shirts. On Tuesday, he worked one-on-one with a group of safeties while other assistant coaches handled different positions on the field. McGee, who played his college ball for Oklahoma State, has done more than his fair share of instructing since joining the WVU staff a season ago.

-       The video above is one station in a rotation that WVU's defenders worked their way through on Tuesday. Each station was designed to work on techniques of wrapping up and taking down a ball carrier or simply taking on a blocker. In this particular drill, the players were asked to "uppercut" the opponent, making both athletes leave their feet before falling comfortably onto a padded mat. Safeties coach Tony Gibson had to get on a few players for not going hard enough, but for the most part, the drill had the sort of intensity you might hope for on a hot day of spring practice. 

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