The long awaited Blue-Gold spring game will kickoff at 2 p.m. at Milan Puskar Stadiuim on Saturday.
The team’s new uniforms will be unveiled at 12:30 p.m. at an event hosted by the Mountaineer Athletic Club.
What to watch:
- Quarterbacks: The quarterback battle will take center stage between Paul Millard, the two-year backup of Geno Smith, and redshirt freshman Ford Childress. Word from practice is that these two are neck-in-neck and neither has emerged – even slightly – at this point as a frontrunner for the job. Both will get equal chances to start drives with the first and second offense so there can be no question of advantage to one or the other.
- O-line: Ron Crook’s unit has had its fair share of injuries this spring and will be interesting to see who has used the opportunity to his advantage.
- Receivers: Second to the quarterback position, this is where the roster is most wide open.
- Backfield: By all accounts Dustin Garrison and Andrew Buie sense an opportunity to run the ball more next fall and are responding with a strong spring. But everyone wants to see junior college transfer Dreamius Smith and what he can bring to the table.
- Defense: Has Keith Patterson’s group made much progress this spring? Seems they’ve had to and with six returning starters - including LB Isaiah Bruce and S Karl Joseph who both had breakout years as freshmen. Will also be interesting to see the impact of Brian Mitchell on the corners, and the overall identity of this group.
Of note: CBS News reported this morning that quarterback Clint Trickett will attend the spring game at West Virginia on Saturday on an official visit. Trickett has been released from a scholarship at FSU and plans to transfer, and of course his father, Rick Trickett, is a former West Virginia assistant coach and graduate of Glenville.