Coordinators Weigh In On West Virginia’s Concerns, Camp Goals
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The take from both Tony Gibson and Jake Spavital was that West Virginia was on pace in its development through the first week of fall camp.
But that no way implies the Mountaineers don’t have much work ahead – and several concerns moving forward.
For Gibson, it was locking players into a slot and getting them comfortable prior to attempting to place the demands of a second position upon them. A prime example is linebacker Brendan Ferns. The freshman took a redshirt last season after tearing an ACL in fall practice. But the absence of will ‘backer David Long has left many pondering if WVU wouldn’t be better served sliding mike starter Al-Rasheed Benton outside and allowing Ferns to patrol the middle.
Gibson put the brakes on any such arrangement, wanting Ferns to get comfortable in the middle slot, and not wishing to place any additional snaps on Benton. Gibson also detailed his other concerns, as well as gave a rundown of individual units and positions in an update of where exactly the odd stack is as the second week of camp is underway.
Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital had a similar approach, wanting to be sure installation was nearly complete before stressing his group in various situations and circumstances. West Virginia delved into that early this week, with red zone work in progress over the last two practices. Spavital, below, dissects that ideal and offers his thoughts on particular positions and the importance of the next four practices in establishing the offensive structure by the time classes begin Aug. 16.