Inside WVU’s Practice: Full Team Running Game Work For the Mountaineers

Take A Glimpse Into West Virginia’s Initial Shells-Only Full Scale Work

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With West Virginia through the two helmets-only practices mandated by the NCAA, the Mountaineers began to piece together its full scale offense on Wednesday.

At the end of the initial 30-minute session, which was laced with stretching and individual and unit drills, WVU went to 11-man work, focusing on proper blocking schemes, footwork, alignment reads, defensive set recognition and more. Both first and second units, which were mixed and matched, worked quickly under instruction from coordinator Jake Spavital as well as the rest of the offensive assistant coaches.

The “first team,” below, worked a quick session starting at the 20-yard-line and coming out before the “second team” did the same. Take a look as quarterback Will Grier and running backs Justin Crawford and Kennedy McKoy – along with others – are matched against their offensive counterparts playing “defense” in noncontact action.


That continued for a handful of additional snaps, with second-team quarterback Chris Chugunov handing to Martell Pettaway behind the blocking of Kelby Wickline, Kyle Bosch, Chase Behrndt and more.