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WATCH: WVU Runs Team Drills in Monday Practice


For the first time in camp, the media was permitted to watch actual football. Real, live 11-on-11 football between the offense and the defense commenced Monday night on West Virginia's grass field and it was quite a welcome sight.

Clint Trickett took the reins as the first quarterback to get under center and take a snap for the Mountaineers' offense, with Paul Millard and Ford Childress getting the second and third reps.

Along with Trickett, we saw an offensive line that consisted of Quinton Spain, Marquis Lucas, Tyler Orlosky, Mark Glowinski and Curtis Feigt from left to right with Charles Sims at running back, Cody Clay in a swingman role and receivers K.J. Myers, Mario Alford and Ronald Carswell on the outside.

Up against that group was a defense made up of Shaq Rowell at nose guard flanked by Will Clarke and Eric Kinsey on the line. Behind those three were linebackers Isaiah Bruce, Doug Rigg, Nick Kwiatkoski and Brandon Golson. The secondary consisted of Karl Joseph and Darwin Cook at the safety positions and Ishmael Banks and Travis Bell at cornerback.

The first play was a pass to the left sideline intended for Carswell, but Golson swatted the ball away for an incompletion. They stayed on the ground for the next play with Sims getting the hand-off and trying to find room to that left side, but not getting much of a gain before Joseph stood him up.

Trickett then hit Alford, who tiptoed along the right sideline to stay inbounds and the very next play, the Mountaineers hit pay dirt. Trickett looked to the sideline for an audible, called it at the line and handed off the Sims, who took it behind the blocks of Glowinski and Feigt for what looked like it could have been a touchdown if it were live action. Eric Kinsey and Karl Joseph would probably tell you they'd have wrapped up the Houston transfer and taken him to the ground before he broke away.

Millard entered the practice and immediately hit Terence Gourdine for a sizeable gain in the middle of the field. Dreamius Smith was the second-team running back and had a nice carry the first time he touched the ball. Dustin Garrison was the third rusher with no sign of Andrew Buie in the drill.

That second-team offense showed Millard, Smith, Gourdine joined by Shelton Gibson, Devonte Mathis and Daikiel Shorts at the skill positions. The offensive line consisted of Pat Eger at left tackle, followed by Russell Haughton-James, Tony Matteo, Stone Underwood and Nick Kindler.

Among those not in action with injury were Kevin White, Jordan Thompson, Jared Barber, Wes Tonkery and Carlton Nash in green limited jerseys. Nana Kyeremeh, Adam Pankey, Dante Campbell, Jewone Snow and Quincy Redmon were in red jersey and not participating in any part of practice. 

A year ago, Dana Holgorsen showed the media a similar session to appease the masses who constantly watched 30 minutes of special teams with no real football to go on and it didn't come off as something you might actually see from the Mountaineers in 2012.

Monday's was far more revealing and more plausible in terms of expectations for the lineups this fall. Sims showed the speed that has been advertised and Trickett and Millard looked like the two more confident and composed of the passers. Joseph was everywhere on defense and Kinsey looked like he is turning into a real speedster off the edge on the defensive line.

Take a look at some of the action from Monday night in the video above. 

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