MORGANTOWN - WVU's running back position will be interesting to watch when fall camp resumes. Again, there will be a pack.
Dustin Garrison proved to be the main ball carrier last season, when he rushed for 742 yards on 136 carries as a true freshman. However, he injured a knee in practice and missed the Orange Bowl and spring drills.
Andrew Buie was last season's initial starter, but struggled at times and had injuries. Coach Dana Holgorsen, however, said during spring drills Buie is now "healthy and motivated."
There are freshmen coming in. And Holgorsen has proven he won't hesitate to play one.
But veteran Shawne Alston finished spring drills as the odds-on-favorite to win the starting job. And now he's ready to the leader of the pack. With emphasis on "lead."
"I consider myself a leader," Alston said this week. "I sat down with the coaches and we talked about it. They want me to be more of a leader, more of a vocal leader and not just try and lead by example."
Alston said the Mountaineers have moved from four to five days a week of training.
"We're working on speed, power and conditioning," he said. "Tuesdays and Thursdays we have team workouts to build team unity."
Individually, Alston has been trying to cut weight. He said he's now 5-foot-11, 239 pounds and wants to get down to "the 228-230 area."
"I want to improve all around," he said. "In 7-on-7 [drills], I'm working on catching passes out of the backfield. I'm trying to get stronger. I'm in the film room trying to learn from the mistakes of last season."