February 28, 2007

Seven Hot Spots to watch for spring '07

MORGANTOWN--Spring football comes to West Virginia in late winter this season due to Mountaineer Field's re-carpeting job late this year.

Head coach Rich Rodriguez will meet with media on Thursday to discuss his prospectus of a talented team and two new assistant coaches. (Will Rod handle the WRs this spring or perhaps make an announcement about the name of the new guy?).

It is an experienced team where only depth issues will be at stake during the workouts, which begin on Monday and conclude with the April 7, 12:30 p.m., Gold-Blue Game for charity at Milan Puskar Stadium.

Usually, the team works on Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays with a scrimmage on Saturdays. This year, the schedule will be broken by the advent of Spring Break.

With superstars at quarterback and tailback, a young but deep offensive line, workable wide receivers, again the eyes of Mountaineer Nation will be pointed at the defense. The line there is thin. Experimentation may take place with the linebackers. Four veteran corners must step up. While the strong safeties seem solid, a back up must be found for free safety Quinton Andrews. In time, Andrews will represent the White-Slaton on the defensive end.

Let's take a look at Seven Hot Spots which must be defined in the warmer days ahead.

1. Ed Collington--is a running back whose time has come. His brief carries in the Gator Bowl showed he was powerful and owned a wiggle. With Steve Slaton recuperating from wrist surgery, Collington moves to the head of the class. It says here the job of backing up the All-American is his to lose.

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