Of those receivers that did, whispers are Copeland, a 6-foot, 185-pound product of Port St. Lucie, Fla., has a shot at making an impact. In the period open to the media on Thursday, not only did he catch punts, he made a nice leaping grab during passing drills.
Dawson also has freshmen Devonte Mathis of Hollywood, Fla., and Robinson of Delray Beach, Fla. (Yes, that would have been one freshman Deontay and two freshmen Devontes.)
And Dawson won't let you forget about freshman Will Johnson, 6-6, 245 pounds.
"Big boy from Minnesota," said the coach, "tight end-type kid."
Very, very early on, Copeland and Johnson seem to be the ones with chances to join Thompson as possible impact players at receiver. And WVU needs help there.
"We don't have a lot of depth at receiver," Dawson said. "We somehow have to keep guys fresh through the year."
The guys he's referring to, of course, are two of the nation's better receivers - Austin and Stedman Bailey. But they'll need breathers.
"With our [low scholarship] numbers, somebody is going to have to play," Dawson said. "That's just the way it is. Who that is, I don't know. Hopefully one of those guys, or multiple guys, will step up. If we had to play right now, though, it would be a bad deal."
It was just Day 1, though. And to see footballs flying was a good deal.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.