West Virginia just wrapped up their latest spring practice before they enter spring break. Here are some of the headlines.
The offensive line remains an area of concern due to a few key pieces graduating this season. Although a bright spot is that Josh Jenkins should be ready to go by the time the regular season kicks off. Offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh talks about his progress.
“He’s good, but just like everyone else he has to get better,” Bedenbaugh said. “He retained a bunch of stuff. He was in a lot of the meetings, out there coaching, so he is a guy who has experience and he understands the offense. It’s just getting out there, getting reps and getting comfortable with Joey (Madsen) and (Quinton) Spain. He’s done a good job of that so far.”
Wide receiver is also an area for concern, especially with the lack of experience at the position. Besides the three starters, there isn't must after that, and wide receivers coach Shannon Dawson says that's not the only issue.
“Up and down -- we haven’t been doing great. In my opinion we’ve dropped too many balls,” Dawson said. “I’ll give credit to the defense because they’re real aggressive, real aggressive at corner and making us work for releases. If I had to letter grade it, I would give it a C or C-, we can do better, a lot better.”
And of course the defense which will switch from a 3-3-5 to a 3-4 is continuing to experience growing pains as they try to make the transition.
“As a coaching staff we try to make it as easy as possible on them – transition-wise, we tried to rhyme some things, make sure they understand who was blitzing and who wasn’t, and they’ve run some of the coverages we’re going to run, so there was some carry over there,” DeForest said. “After six practices, I’d say the defense is a C, because we’re not even close yet – it’s an A for effort.”