Smith, coming off of his second straight offseason foot surgery, participated in virtually everything, but that will likely change when contact drills begin. All three quarterbacks, however, are in gold, no-contact jerseys.
"I saw [Smith] burst off on a couple of play fakes to both his left and his right. I was kind of telling him, 'Whoa' a little bit, but he came out of there really well on the play fakes,'' Stewart said. "[In this offense] after the quarterback hands off he can fake a throw, he can fake a bootleg or he can burst off like he's running the ball on an option. And he did all three things today and I thought he did a really good job.''
Athey and Millard actually both looked surprisingly sharp for quarterbacks who three months ago were in high school classrooms.
"They put the ball on the money a few times. They made a couple of late throws, but they're going to make late throws,'' Stewart said. "I'm sure their heads are spinning, but I am sure they will get better. They are two big, tall young men that put the ball out there, usually on time. But once you put on the pads and get all 11 guys out there [on both sides of the ball] it becomes a little bit different.''
Even though the offense being installed is a pass-first attack, there was also work done on the run game Wednesday. Clarke, Alston, Johnson, Matt Lindamood and Vernard Roberts were the backs.
Stewart liked the work done by the big backs - Clarke, Alston and Lindamood - but there is a natural curiosity about who might step up as a smaller, quicker back. That has been something West Virginia has had plenty of in recent years, but all of that was lost with the graduation of Noel Devine and Jock Sanders.
"I do like Ryan Clark and Shawne Alston. Matt Lindamood looked good,'' Stewart said. "But there needs to be a young, quick back step up. We have those guys in the stable, they just haven't played yet because the guys were there before them. The big guys ran well today. They know where they're going and they looked pretty smooth. But we need that little, quick scatback and right now we don't have one.''
BRIEFLY: Holgorsen's method of installation is to put everything in during the first three days of practice and then repeat the process almost from scratch the next three days and find out how much has been retained and what needs work. So he may not have a true idea of how things are going until perhaps the end of the second of five weeks of practice.
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