npressfetimg-214.png

WVU practices indoors and outdoors Saturday; Brown addresses team culture and ‘free agency’ – West Virginia MetroNews

(Neal Brown post-practice press conference)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The WVU football team completed their second week of spring practice Saturday morning with drills conducted at both the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility and inside Milan Puskar Stadium. This was the sixth of fifteen scheduled workouts.

Day 6 of WVU spring football practice (Photo by Ben Queen/www.BenQueenPhotography.com)

“It was a mixed bag. You are always going to have a mixed bag when you go against yourselves. Today is kind of the first day we just put the ball down and let them play,” WVU head coach Neal Brown said.

Brown acknowledged a handful of standouts on offense, defense and special teams. Continuing a trend for the first two weeks, offensive linemen led the way in positive mentions from Brown. He cited Zach Frazier, Wyatt Milum and James Gmiter for their play. Running backs Tony Mathis and Justin Johnson, and receivers Preston Fox, Sam James and Kaden Prather stood out. Brown estimated that Prather had over 200 receiving yards in Saturday’s workout.

Defensive standouts included Taurus Simmons (multiple sacks), Lee Kpogba, Charles Woods, Marcis Floyd and. Jordan Jefferson. New kicker Parker Groathaus also earned a mention from Brown.

Starting right tackle Brandon Yates missed Saturday’s practice with an injury. Brown expects Yates will return to practice Tuesday. Redshirt junior Ja’Quay Hubbard filled in and is expected to be an important contributor on the line this fall.

“Ja’Quay has really changed his body since he joined us coming from [Virginia]. I think he is growing at that position. He was a guy that really played interior O-Line when he was heavier. Now as he has kind of leaned up, we think his best opportunity to help us is at tackle. He has the opportunity to play both sides. But he got all the reps at right tackle today.”

Quarterback Competition

Garrett Greene, Goose Crowder and Nicco Marchiol continue to split reps in the battle for the starting quarterback spot.

Day 6 of WVU spring football practice (Photo by Ben Queen/www.BenQueenPhotography.com)

“Garrett threw the deep ball well today. That’s the thing that really stuck out.

“Nicco was feast and famine. You always have to think about with these high school kids, he is a high school senior. He went out there and got reps with the [starters] in ‘Power 5’ football. No offense, Hamilton High School, they are really good. But there’s a little bit of difference between that and going out and playing against our first group of defenders. The game is happening fast.

“Goose had a long run for a touchdown today on a draw play. I thought he did a good job of moving up in the pocket and hitting some plays downfield.”

Next up at nose

With Thursday’s surprise announcement that two-year starting defensive lineman Akheem Mesidor has left the program, several young Mountaineers are lining up for added snaps. Brown doesn’t necessarily believe the team will pursue another defensive lineman from the transfer portal.

“I think it is too early to tell. I will be able to tell you after 15 practices. What I mean by that — Zeiqui Lawton, he is going to get a ton of reps. We want to see Eddie V [Vesterenin], he is not out there during the spring right now. We hope he can get back and …….

Source: https://wvmetronews.com/2022/04/02/wvu-practices-indoors-and-outdoors-saturday-brown-addresses-team-culture-and-free-agency/

(Neal Brown post-practice press conference)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The WVU football team completed their second week of spring practice Saturday morning with drills conducted at both the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility and inside Milan Puskar Stadium. This was the sixth of fifteen scheduled workouts.

Day 6 of WVU spring football practice (Photo by Ben Queen/www.BenQueenPhotography.com)

“It was a mixed bag. You are always going to have a mixed bag when you go against yourselves. Today is kind of the first day we just put the ball down and let them play,” WVU head coach Neal Brown said.

Brown acknowledged a handful of standouts on offense, defense and special teams. Co…….

(Neal Brown post-practice press conference)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The WVU football team completed their second week of spring practice Saturday morning with drills conducted at both the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility and inside Milan Puskar Stadium. This was the sixth of fifteen scheduled workouts.

Day 6 of WVU spring football practice (Photo by Ben Queen/www.BenQueenPhotography.com)

“It was a mixed bag. You are always going to have a mixed bag when you go against yourselves. Today is kind of the first day we just put the ball down and let them play,” WVU head coach Neal Brown said.

Brown acknowledged a handful of standouts on offense, defense and special teams. Co…….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *