MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– Fall camp began on Friday morning for the West Virginia football team and the team has a lot of work to do over the next four weeks before the season opener against James Madison.
During the opening practice, players wore shorts, jerseys and helmets. The quarterbacks donned gold jerseys while the defense wore white and the offense wore blue. Several injured players wore green jerseys, including tight end Jovani Haskins and T.J. Banks.
Offensive lineman Brandon Yates wasn’t enrolled in school at the beginning of the week. However, he enrolled on Thursday and was participating in practice.
Junior offensive guard Josh Sills had his shoulder wrapped up but he participated in practice. In his press conference that afternoon, head coach Neal Brown said Sills was good to go.
Several transfers including, George Campbell (receiver), Sean Ryan (wide receiver), Reuben Jones (defensive line), Alonzo Addae (cornerback) and Jarret Doege (quarterback) all practiced on Friday.
Osita Smith and Rashean Lynn were not on the camp roster and have decided to go the JUCO route.
With the loss of Matt Jones, the Mountaineers are searching for a new center. Players snapping the ball at the start of practice were Chase Behrndt, Briason Mays, Adam Stilley and Eric Sjostedt.
Brown was pleased with his team’s energy and enthusiasm on the first day, which was something they lacked in the spring.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS