MORGANTOWN - What I learned from WVU's football camp Friday:
Offensive lineman Pat Eger, all 6-foot-6, 302 pounds of him, was talking about various topics when he started in on the relationship between the Mountaineer football team and West Virginia residents.
"In the winter," he said, "sometimes the coaches would come up and teach us about the program, the past players, the history of the state and how much [the team] means to the state.
"Some of these kids are from the Midwest. I'm just from [Pleasant Hills] Pennsylvania, up the road. But I learned some things.
"We were able to understand the significance of the team and the role it plays here. There's no pro team. And what's the population here, 1.9 million people? Ninety-five percent seem to be Mountaineer fans.
"We learned how West Virginia seceded from Virginia. We learned about the immigrants and coal miners. Coach [Tony Gibson] talked to us about how his dad was a coal miner.
"We learned about the former players, from Brian Jozwiak to Major Harris and Pat White. The younger players already knew about Geno Smith and Tavon Austin."
"I was at left tackle the first couple of days," said offensive lineman Nick Kindler. "But I've been switched to right tackle lately. Each day you have to be on your toes, be prepared for change."
Kindler certainly understands change. The redshirt senior has worked with three line coaches since arriving: Dave Johnson, Bill Bedenbaugh and, now, Ron Crook.
"I'm just going to work hard," Millard said. "I've been here 21/2 years. I pride myself on working hard. Whatever happens, happens. God got me here so far."
"Coach [Lonnie] Galloway is doing a great job with them," said running back Dustin Garrison. "They still have a little more work to do though, like understanding new routes and things like that."
"It's the deepest group since I've been here," said Ivan McCartney, who was with WVU, left, then returned. "There's a lot of competition. I love it.