Morgantown, W.VA. – West Virginia Coach Neal Brown met with members of the media Tuesday afternoon following the football team’s fourth day of fall practice. The team’s practice was closed to the media, but the head coach was made available for media following its completion.
With much of Tuesday’s practice focused on the run game, Brown pointed out Tuesday afternoon that the team’s overall speed has increased during his time as head coach, stating “From the way we look, we look better. I think our team speed is the best it’s been in three years. Some good depth in areas . . . but what shows up is a significant difference between ones and twos.”
Brown went on to point out that the offensive line has shown night day growth from his first year running the team to year three. After watching enough offensive line struggles, fans will be happy to hear there’s been marked improvement, especially if it is as much as Brown infers.
Wednesday’s practice will have an increased intensity in comparison to the first days, with Brown hoping to solidify several starters from watching their physicality. Tuesday’s practice was considered a light contact day, and Wednesday will bring an increase of contact leading up to this weekend’s full contact stadium practice Saturday.
“I think once we get through today and tomorrow, where guys get used to thud situations, tackle situations, I expect it to be cleaner on Saturday. Tomorrow, we’ll thud again,” Brown said. “Those two days, we get your body kind of acclimated to getting hit, it’s more up front than it is in the skill position.”
Saturday’s practice will likely be a stadium practice where the head coach anticipates a full team.
“I anticipate on Saturday, that’s the day we’re going to be in the stadium. It’ll be all-team. How much we tackle, how much we don’t… to be determined, but I think that’s the day where it will start to show,” Brown said.