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Neal Brown talks WR and O-Line development

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown and his team are set to conclude their spring practice schedule on Saturday. Brown talked about his offensive line and wide receiver group as to what he is looking forward to as his team continues to develop.

The offensive line for West Virginia comes back as one of the more experienced groups, but struggled at times last year. West Virginia will be relying on an experienced group up front to take a step forward, along with the rest of their offense this season. 

“Jordan White has had a nice spring up to this point playing both center and guard. Ja’Quay Hubbard had a nice day on Thursday playing at right tackle. Played a little bit of guard but mainly played at the right tackle spot. He did a nice job technique wise,” said Brown.

White, a redshirt sophomore, is currently the backup right guard on West Virginia’s depth chart. He played 150 snaps last year and registered nine knockdowns, with a career-high four against Long Island. Hubbard, who did not give up a sack on all 60 of his snaps last year, is the backup left tackle on the depth chart. Both are on the gold team this Saturday. Mountaineers fans will closely monitor this unit as it was a weak link for the team last season. 

Last season, the Mountaineers struggled to make plays with speed and physicality on the outside. The Mountaineers return multiple receivers, but their wide receiver room is still a smaller room compared to others in the building. 

“Sam James has had a really solid spring. I like where he’s at from a mental approach and production-wise. Graeson Malashevich had his best scrimmage type performance in the stadium,” Brown said. 

James is projected to start in the slot, with Malashevick right behind him. While James, who started in six games for the mountaineers and had 42 catches for 505 yards and five touchdowns, is on the gold team, Malashevich will see action with the blue team. Malashevich was not only named to the Academic All Big-12 First Team but also saw extensive action on the special teams unit. The last two seasons consisted of drops at crucial points. Coach Brown looks to shore up one of the most prominent issues this Saturday. 

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