April 7, 2006

Saturday scrimmage last major tune-up

MORGANTOWN--Saturday's scrimmage will be the last time the West Virginia football team goes live in situational down-and-distance game conditions until the April 15 Gold-Blue spring game, according to head coach Rich Rodriguez.

Though the team will wear full pads at least one more time, probably on Wednesday, before the 12:30 p.m. Gold-Blue game, Saturday's scrimmage will be the last time the offense and defense will lock horns in anything like game conditions.

The scrimmage is set for 12:30 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadium, weather permitting. Temperatures here were expected to drop into the mid-40s with a good chance for rain and swirling winds. If Coach Rod decides to go indoors, he will take the team into the Indoor Practice Facility with the high noon positional drills with the scrum to follow about a half-hour later.

Conversely, Friday's light workout in shells, shorts and helmets may have been the shortest work out for the team thus far in their 11th practice. The team came onto Mountaineer Field at 4 p.m., skeleton drills began at 4:30 and the team was off the field by 6 p.m.

"It was OK. We were in shorts. We were trying to install some things on offense and defense today," Rodriguez said. "Tomorrow (Saturday) we will go a good 75-90 plays offense against defense. We'll keep score (points for defensive displays vs. similar for the offense), so maybe we can get a little bounce in their step that way," said Rodriguez.

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