Alston was limping with a hamstring tweak and admitted he needs to cut some weight to gain some speed. Couldn't hurt.
At wide receiver, WVU entered the spring with a terrific front line, starring Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, but a concern with regard to depth. Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson believes depth was built.
"I think we did [build depth]," Dawson said. "Obviously, we want these kids coming in the fall to be able to help us. But I'm fairly pleased with how the [second string] played all spring. I think we found a couple kids that can help us.
"Jordan [Thompson] is definitely a guy that came on pretty good. I think Dante Campbell made some plays. That's another guy that wasn't on the field last year. And K.J. [Myers] redshirted last year. All three of those kids, in my opinion, showed they can help and contribute."
As an aside, George Washington High grad Cody Clay caught three passes for 31 yards and stands No. 3 at the Y receiver position, first string at tight end (if a set for that ever surfaces) and a special teams player.
But back to the concerns. Is Quinton Spain, a 6-5, 335-pound redshirt sophomore, ready to take over at left tackle for Don Barclay? So far, so good.
"I've improved a lot with my hand placement," Spain said. "But the coaches say no one has their [starting] spots. I have to have the mindset that every day I try to start."
Finally, there is that defensive line. There's big Will Clarke, nose tackle Jorge Wright and ...
"It's a work in progress," said defensive line coach Erik Slaughter on Saturday. "We've come a long way, but we have a long way to go."
Where is improvement needed?
"Start with playing with relentless effort," Slaughter said. "That's play-in and play-out. There were times we did [Saturday] and times we could've played harder."
Depth is a major concern.
"We'll see what the freshmen bring in here," Slaughter said. "We're in a deal where Will Clarke is our starting end. Behind him is Dozey [Ezzemma]. He did a great job. We've played Tyler [Anderson] there some.
"Inside we have Jorge [Wright] and J.B. [Lageman] and Shaq [Rowell] all [starters]. At buck [linebacker], we have a good mix. Tyler's playing well over there. Josh [Francis] played well. Taige [Redman] is playing well. Then you have to put [injured] Jewone [Snow] in the mix as well."
They are big questions - and answers - that were on display in Saturday's big top.
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