"Last year our fullbacks played 25 to 30 snaps of a 70, 80-play deal," Gillispie said. "The one thing about our fullback is when he's in, he's a huge part. I tell them that a running back might be away from the ball, but when we call you into the game we're calling you in to be a lead blocker or block the back-side defensive end. You have to get into play mode."
"He's doing really good," Bedenbaugh said. "He's a really talented guy. Just gotta learn. He was at a [junior college] last year and they obviously did things differently. I think he got here May 21st.
"You can see his progression. I mean, he's unbelievably talented. He's got strength, athleticism ... he's got everything you want. But he's got to learn what we're teaching, the techniques we're teaching. Right now in our pass set, he doesn't set great at all. But it's still effective. Sometimes it hurts him, sometimes it doesn't.
"Mark is a guy who is coming along. Hopefully, he'll come along a little bit faster."
Might Glowinski redshirt?
"There's that option," Bedenbaugh said. "We're not making that decision now, though. Right now he's among our top 10 guys, so we've got to get him ready to play. Right now, that's not what we're thinking."
"You want to be able to put different combinations on the field," Slaughter said. "The other day we were doing a two-minute drill. The offense was 1:06 out with 80 yards to go. Well, to have a 300-pound nose on the field is not the way to go. So you get smaller. You move Jorge [Wright] down; you move Will [Clarke] over."
"I was afraid of that," Spavital said. "I don't want any of them thinking they'll redshirt. You don't want to build that mentality that they won't go into the game and have them get lazy. You want them to come in every single day and prepare like they're going to be the starter."
So far so good, said Spavital.
"[Childress is] young," said the coach. "He's at the point where Paul was last year. This is going to be a big year for both [Childress and Millard]. They have to start operating at a high level because we're going to need one of them to step up once Geno leaves."
Defensive lineman Christian Brown could have been in a pool as well as WVU's camp. Because, at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, he's made serious waves. Slaughter, however, said there's been a bit of an ebb in the true freshman's development.
"Christian Brown is doing great," Slaughter said. "He plays hard every day. He wants to do good. But like every freshman, in week two you hit a wall. You've never had such demands. You've probably never had a guy like me show up and put pressure to perform like I'm going to. So it's a learning curve.
"You don't go home and get patted on the back by mom. You don't get 'Everything's OK, honey.' It's tough."
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