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Quick Hits: Don Nehlen Takes in WVU Practice

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Another scorcher at Milan Puskar Center had the Mountaineers getting in more work to prepare for the 2013 season and in the 30 minutes that were open to the media, this is what caught our attention:

-       The special teams extravaganza continued with a drill we hadn't yet seen so far this spring as the Mountaineers worked simultaneously on coverage and return units. A player started at one end of the field, engaging with a first blocker, shedding him and engaging in a second blocker before attacking the returner.

The drill was as much for the player trying to make the tackle as it was for the players tasked with stopping him from getting to the ball carrier. For the most part, the player in pursuit of the ball received the most praise from the coaches who were watching the drill.

Rick Rumph was specifically singled out positively one two occasions, the first just by man-handling his blocker and the second when he shook Connor Arlia to the ground, evoking a big cheer from the onlookers.

At the end of the drill, special teams coordinator Joe DeForest asked the coaches who were working the drill to put their best player at each position to the front for one last rep. Running backs coach JaJuan Seider called on linebacker Garrett Hope and he didn't disappoint. He engaged with safety Wes Tonkery and just blew him back, not stopping until he had taken Tonkery to the ground. Seider was smitten with his choice.

A bit earlier, though, Holgorsen had booed the performance of either Hope or Nick Kwiatkoski, so the praise may have been evened out on that one.

-       Vernon Davis is a wide receiver. On Tuesday, the cornerback ran some routes with the receivers, but he was still wearing his blue defense jersey. On Thursday, he was in a white No. 3 shirt and practicing full time as a member of the WVU offense.

-       Pat Eger was also back in a white jersey, though he was making the switch from the red non-participant shirt. The redshirt senior returned to the offensive line, but not at the center position that he had been repping with earlier in the spring. Eger was instead at right tackle, where he spent plenty of time in his career up to this point. Nick Kindler, who was referenced in this story as being at right tackle, was giving it a go at left tackle instead behind Quinton Spain.

-       Andrew Buie joined Dante Campbell and Terrell Chestnut on the stationary bicycles as the players in red jerseys and not participating on Thursday.

-       As you can see in the picture, former West Virginia head football coach Don Nehlen was at practice to see how his old team is doing heading into the 2013 season. He spent some time chatting with Holgorsen, but also with his son Dan, the head equipment manager for the Mountaineers, and Coach Seider. Nehlen coached Seider when he was a quarterback for WVU back in the 90's.

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