It’s not quite as heralded as Major League Baseball’s Spring Training, but anytime a football team hits the field is music to many people’s ears.
According to WVUsports.com, WVU football head coach Dana Holgorsen is breaking up the practice schedule into three sessions. This tactic should allow the Mountaineers to get better acquainted with the preparation for the season.
The three sessions, with some breaks around Easter, will wrap up with the Spring Game on April 7. Right now, players are seen going through a gauntlet of workouts inside the Caperton Indoor Practice facility.
There is a lot for these players to work on and the sweat put in during the spring sessions will pay off in the trenches come the fall. There is a lot to be optimistic for with this team and the players need to realize so much is at stake.
All the coaches, from Holgorsen on down, are probably preaching about the potential of this program’s success. Again, it all starts in this time and the wins will come later. The mechanics and playbook of the offense and defense will soon get implemented but for now, this team needs to get stronger.
The workouts are designed to make the players physically and mentally tough. From pushing sleds, to running with medicine balls, there are many ways to strengthen these players in this practice time.
According to the Gazette-Mail, there is no shortage of inspiration heading into this season. Mitch Vingle quoted former defensive standout Al-Rasheed Benton stated his own optimism for the team despite him not playing for the Mountaineers this season.
"“I told these guys if you learn one thing from this, it’s to be more of a team, play together, accomplish more of the goals we set.”"
Even Holgorsen has to be wanting more than usual. Of course, his main objective is to win each game and put his players in the best position to do that. His job isn’t necessarily on the line, but he is due for his best season as head coach of the WVU football team.
He, too, needs to get mentally tough and truly take in everything and account for all opportunities this team has. By being opportunistic in practice, the Mountaineers will be in good shape come September.