WVU completes first 100-play scrimmage

MORGANTOWN — No. 20 West Virginia University conducted its first 100-play scrimmage of the preseason on Friday. And, while the only individuals to witness the event were coaches and players, there were reports leaked about how the offensive and defensive units performed.

“It (Friday’s scrimmage) was pretty good,” admitted redshirt senior wide receiver Ka’Raun White. “The defense was onto us today because we were killing them all week, but we got better. There’s little things we’ve got to work on, but I think we did a good job today.”

Exactly the words fans wanted to hear as they prepare to make the trek to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, for the Mountaineers’ season opener against longtime rival Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 3.

“I think we’re very talented on both sides of the ball,” explained junior wideout David Sills V. “I think the defense has some great players on the team and (defensive coordinator/linebackers) coach (Tony) Gibson always has them schemed up and in the right places.

“But, it goes both ways during practice and during camp. We’ve gotten them most of the time and they’ve gotten us a couple of times. We’ve just been trying every day to be the best that we can and we go out there to beat them and they go out there to beat us. So that’s how it goes. We have a competition; it’s a very friendly competition, but at the end of the day, we do want to beat them and they want to beat us.”

Words which were echoed by redshirt senior linebacker Hodari Christian II.

“We’re both going after it, working and getting each other better,” explained Christian. “As you can see today, we were just going out there, playing and getting each other better.”

Fans will get their first look at the 2017 Old Gold and Blue at 1 p.m. today (Sunday) when WVU holds its annual Fan Day at the Caperton Indoor Practice Facility.

“I project us being a team,” said senior linebacker Xavier Preston. “A whole unit, not just one game one side of the ball is doing well. I predict us to all come together during the season and be a team and have something this state can be proud of.”

A team capable of challenging for the program’s first Big 12 championship and earning a berth in the College Football Playoff?

Only time will tell.