West Virginia Preseason Football Practice Report #6

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Practice No. 5 for the West Virginia University soccer came about Saturday morning on the Steve Antoline Family Practice Field.

The Mountaineers have been coming off a restoration day on Friday and had average work this morning in shorts and shoulder pads. The group is scheduled to have bodily practices on Sunday and Monday earlier than its subsequent restoration day on Tuesday.

West Virginia’s first scrimmage of fall camp might be subsequent Thursday within the stadium.

Through 5 practices, Brown mentioned he is nonetheless attempting to determine which guys can do what in sure conditions. Who will get the ball on third and 7? Who are their most dependable defenders? Which specialists are probably the most reliable? Who goes to emerge at quarterback? Who goes to claim themselves at proper deal with?

Brown admitted Saturday that it is nonetheless a trial and error deal, at the very least by means of the primary scrimmage.

“O-line clever and D-line clever, simply because they’ve performed a lot soccer, we have got a fairly good concept energy and weak spot clever on these guys,” he mentioned. “The receivers, the primary group, we all know what they do effectively. We’re nonetheless studying with the quarterbacks.

“I feel tight finish clever we’re attempting to develop some depth and discover out what these two-, three- and four-guys can do. Defensively, within the secondary we have got a whole lot of other ways we are able to go there, ” he continued. “We can play as much as six guys and really feel fairly good about it so we’re mixing up our packages. The linebackers have performed all spring however we’d like a whole lot of useful reps and we have to discover ourselves there.”

As far because the quarterbacks, all of them acquired a number of reps once more on Saturday.

“We did some situational issues right now and I assumed Nicco (Marchiol) threw the ball his finest by means of the 5 practices,” Brown mentioned. “He’s rising. The recreation is beginning to decelerate as a result of he has a greater understanding of the defensive construction and is extra snug with our performs than he was within the spring, which is to be anticipated.

“(Will Crowder) has been stable. He missed the primary day however has been on the market for the final 4 and he positively has some development. JT (Daniels) has acquired extra expertise than all of them after which Garrett Greene had an incredible two-minute drive right now to type of end follow.”

You can put Brown within the class of coaches who do not buy into the philosophy of “recreation gamers.” In most cases, the optimistic issues a participant does in practices often present up in video games.

“There are only a few avid gamers,” he defined. “What I imply by that’s there are only a few which have the power to follow poorly after which rapidly play at a excessive stage in a recreation. Now, the flip facet of that’s I feel there are a whole lot of actually good follow gamers and it does not translate into the sport.

“There are some causes behind that,” Brown continued. “Maybe they’ve some nervousness. Maybe they’re actually routine primarily based after which after they get right into a recreation it is not as predictable they usually do not carry out as effectively, however I do not purchase into the ‘avid gamers.’ Football is a belief recreation and for coaches and for gamers it’s a must to earn that belief in follow.”

The strategy of creating that belief continues on Sunday morning.


* Among the latest additions Brown singled out on Saturday have been freshman defensive lineman Asani Redwood from Suwanee, Georgia, Tyler Junior College switch Jaylon SheltonMiami switch Austin-Cave tiresthe 2 four-year switch corners Rashad Ajayi and Wesley McCormick and freshman hybrid CJ Donaldsonwhom Brown mentioned is able to enjoying three completely different positions, together with operating again.

Brown mentioned Redwood continues to be a relative newcomer to the sport of soccer however he was coached effectively at Collins Hill High and has added an eye-opening 90 kilos to his 280-pound body in a comparatively quick time frame.

Shelton has displayed a knack for retaining data and has proven some savvy play on the sphere. Austin-Cave runs effectively on the linebacker place and he believes Ajayi and McCormick are going to be components this season.

As for Donaldson, he is a stable 240 kilos with a whole lot of means.

“He offers the protection some personnel points,” Brown mentioned.

Junior faculty huge receiver Cortez Braham has additionally proven some issues by means of the primary 5 practices and might be somewhat forward of Jeremiah Aaron proper now as a result of he is been right here somewhat bit longer than Aaron has.

* Jim Karwoski, a two-way participant who lettered three seasons for the Mountaineers from 1963-65, took in right now’s follow alongside together with his spouse, Marta, and their grandchildren Brendan and Brady. Karwoski mentioned he as soon as made greater than 20 tackles in WVU’s nice 28-27, come-from-behind victory over Sugar Bowl-bound Syracuse to conclude the 1964 common season.

“What I keep in mind most about that recreation is how chilly it was and the way empty the stadium turned after halftime,” he mentioned. “Lots of people walked as much as the MountainLair to get heat and observe the sport on the radio.”

New soccer administrator and Deputy Director of Athletics Steve Uryasz was additionally a sideline observer right now. Steve all the time has a superb story or two in his hip pocket and when he used to work at Texas Tech, he joked that Lubbock is so huge open you could sit in your porch and watch your canine run away “for miles and miles.”

Awesome stuff there!

* Speaking of tourists, consensus All-American Darius Stills was at follow earlier this week. He mentioned he is nonetheless rehabbing following latest again surgical procedure and turned down a possibility to signal with the San Francisco 49ers earlier than coaching camp. He mentioned his agent additionally not too long ago acquired a name from the Chicago Bears.

* Sophomore Kaden Prather made a pleasant over-the-shoulder catch throughout one drill this morning, and Preston Fox made one other lengthy catch for a landing later in follow. I tweeted earlier this week that Bryce Ford-Wheaton is the closest factor I’ve seen to Jerry Porter, physique clever, effectively, Fox could possibly be the soccer reincarnation of John Pennington.

Who can ever overlook Pennington’s nice landing catch proper earlier than the top of the primary half of the 2003 Pitt recreation to provide West Virginia a 24-24 tie with the Panthers? That rating utterly modified the complexion of a recreation the Mountaineers ended up profitable 52-31.

Today, John is the top soccer coach at West Virginia State University.

* You can watch Brown’s press convention in its entirety on WVUsports.com and WVU’s official YouTube channel YouTube.com/wvusports.

* Yesterday, the University of Pittsburgh introduced that the 2022 renewal of the Backyard Brawl is formally offered out. The two groups might be enjoying for the 105th time, however the first since West Virginia claimed a 21-20 victory at Milan Puskar Stadium in 2011. This morning, the Panthers additionally introduced on social media {that a} restricted variety of standing room solely tickets might be made accessible to most people.

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