Competition Drills Aim To Ramp Up Energy At WVU Practices
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The competition period instituted by head coach Neal Brown is now a staple of each Mountaineer practice. Following pre-practice individual work and stretch, this quick early session, along with the juice station hype huddle, is designed to get players into a high energy mode. While it doesn’t guarantee a great practice every time out, it does seem to leave players a bit more focused and ready to grind through each day’s work.
Brown demonstrates the rules for a relay race with blocking pads, and the defense turns in a close win.
After the pads go on, it’s the essence of one-on-one competition. Kyle Poland (51) gets the better of Tony Mathis (24), then Isaiah Esdale (88) scores for the offense with a strong run through Kwantel Raines (8).
Reese Donahue (46) and Colton McKivitz (53) uphold their senior leadership positions with a big battle. Who won? Individually, it was probably a draw, but in the larger sense it was a team victory, as every player sees the intensity that both seniors brought to the table.
The penalty for the losers in the West Virginia football competition period? A series of up-downs, followed by a huddle of the entire team to regroup for practice.