Day 1 in the books

Written by Jenn Menendez on .

Day 1 of preseason kicked off Thursday at Milan Puskar Stadium, and no, no quarterback was named yet.

From today's PG: WVU Notebook: Transfer QB Trickett draws praise on Day 1 

Some observations

RB Charles Sims certainly looks the part. In the brief 30 minutes the media was allowed to view practice, he stood out in size, stature, and strength in some of the ball security drills. He's clearly going to be a very strong addition for the backfield. 

FSU transfer Clint Trickett appeared the slightest of the three quarterbacks in stature (6-2, 180) vying to fill Geno Smith's shoes, but he drew very high praise for his "presence" and "calmness" and he's still learning the offense from scratch.

High marks:

Holgorsen spoke highly of offensive lineman Quinton Spain, who is listed at 335 pounds this preseason and will be counted on as one of the more seasoned returners on the line.  

He has matured. One of the most frustrating things for us to do offensively is to rely on young offensive linemen. That is just a very, very hard position to play at a young age. I know when he was first here, I wasn't, but the stories I heard was about 390 pounds,” said Holgorsen. “When I was first got here, he wasn't a starter for the first year but he has really improved himself. His offseason was good, which is the reason I took him to the media days this year is because he had a phenomenal offseason. He was one of our vocal leaders and was in really good shape. His participation was pretty good. Those guys mature. They mature mentally and mature physically. Once they do, they are ready to play. Feigt is the same way. Him and Feigt were both backups my first year here, and Feigt has lost about 20-lbs. He is down to about 310-lbs and was up to about 340-lbs at one point. He looks good as well.”

He was also quite high on the conditioning of his players:

I think our guys are in phenomenal shape. I like the way our team looks,” said Holgorsen. “Our staff has been talking about this all since yesterday. It has been eight or nine weeks since we have seen them, and the team continues to change as guys are added, which we feel like we have done a good job of recruiting and getting guys in here that have a different body type and upgrading the level of athlete that we bring in. I think our guys are in pretty good shape, and they look good to us. I give Mike Joseph and his staff a lot of credit. They have done a great job over the last nine weeks, all of them. We have had this discussion a bunch about how voluntary it is in the summer, but we had a high level of participation, and you can tell by the way those guys are running around and how they look.”

Day 2 is today, and players will be made available for interviews this morning before practice this afternoon. 

Preseason assessment will be limited this year, as just five practices are open to the media, for just 30 minutes a clip.


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