WVU Football Practice Notebook: Day Two Features Fan Day
MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Day two of West Virginia’s preseason football practice took place under sunny skies Saturday, as the Mountaineers went through slightly less than two hours of drills in shorts, jerseys and helmets.
The afternoon practice session was witnessed by a couple thousand WVU fans who took advantage of an autograph session with the players and coaches prior the workout. The line to get the signature for first-year coach Neal Brown stretched across the concourse and doubled back on itself, and was easily the longest of the morning.
• Once the Mountaineers got on the field, they went through a spirited non-contact workout that featured plenty of short passing work but concluded with a lengthy TD bomb from Austin Kendall to Sam James.
The first offense featured Colton McKivitz (left tackle), Mike Brown (left guard), Chase Behrndt (center) Josh Sills (right guard), Kelby Wickline (right tackle), Jovani Haskins (tight end), Austin Kendall (quarterback), Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway (running back), as well as Tevin Bush, Sam James, T.J. Simmons, Bryce Wheaton and Geroge Campbell (receiver). The second offense was Junior Uzebu (left tackle), James Gmiter and Briason Mays (left guard), Adam Stilley (center), Blaine Scott (right guard) and John Hughes (right tackle), T.J. Banks and Mike O’Laughlin (tight end), Jack Allison (quarterback), Leddie Brown and Alec Sinkfield (running back) with Ali Jennings, Sean Ryan and Isaiah Esdale (receiver).
The first defense encompassed Taijh Alston (defensive end), Reese Donahue (defensive tackle), Darius Stills (nose tackle) and Zach Sandwisch (bandit), Josh Chandler (will linebacker), Dylan Tonkery (mike linebacker), Kwantel Raines (spear), Hakeem Bailey and Keith Washington (cornerbacks), Dante Bonamico (free safety) and Sean Mahone (cat safety). The second defense was Jeffery Pooler (defensive end), Dante Stills (defensive tackle) Brenon Thrift (nose tackle), Charlie Benton (bandit), Deamonte Lindsay (will linebacker), Jake Abbott (mike linebacker), JoVanni Stewart (spear), Dreshun Miller and Nicktroy Fortune (cornerbacks), Jake Long (free safety) and Josh Norwood (cat safety). Obviously all spots are subject to change.
West Virginia also worked on special teams Saturday with multi-units all working at the same time at various spots on the field. In terms of kickoff returners, the first pair included Alec Sinkfield and Sam James, with Martell Pettaway and Keith Washington in the second group and Tevin Bush also rotating in. Trey Lowe was the first holder for placekicks, with Jack Allison second.
• There are many changes in the practice routine from Dana Holgorsen to Neal Brown, but one colorful switch is jerseys. For many years, WVU’s defense wore blue during practice while its offense wore white, though the quarterbacks were in yellow. The QBs are still in yellow, but the offense and defense have flipped with the D now in white and the O now in blue.