Mountaineers begin spring drills

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (WTAP)- It is the first sign of fall: West Virginia Mountaineers spring football.

The Mountaineers spring drills are in their first weekend and they took to the field at Milan Pushkar Stadium on Saturday for a workout on a sunny but cool afternoon.

Coach Dana Holgorsen has close to 90 players working out on his spring rosters.

Some familiar names include quarterback Will Grier and his favorite target David Sills, who are both back for a final season with the Gold and Blue.

They are joined by some younger talent in the program that the coaching staff is looking to step up their games this spring to be ready contribute this fall.

Holgorsen said the emphasis this first few weeks of spring is teaching.

"One of my main objectives as a head coach is to get every one of these guys to understand how we practice and the specific ways that we practice," Holgorsen said.

"Whatever we are wearing is going to dictate how we practice. So, tackling progression, practice progression, blocking progression, that will change the closer we get the closer we get to the spring game."

The spring drills end on April 7 with the annual Gold and Blue scrimmage.

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