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March 21, 2013

HERTZEL COLUMN- One busy spring for QB Millard

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MORGANTOWN — oooooo

New wide receiver coach Lonnie Galloway was asked if having to work with a new quarterback, and not yet knowing which quarterback will win the starting job, will affect his receivers.

“It really doesn’t matter,” he answered. “I tell them, after their workout they need to catch the ball off the JUGS machine, which has no face. It doesn’t matter who is throwing it, as long as they are in their spot and making plays.”

That is what these spring drills are all about, especially considering that WVU lost all its top five receivers from a year ago and will be working with new quarterbacks.

“Quarterbacks and receivers are probably a little different story, in that they just haven’t played. That is exciting to me as a coach. Coach (Lonnie) Galloway has been in here with these receivers trying to motivate those guys to get better and better, which he will do,” head coach Dana Holgorsen said. “Now if they can run routes and hold up to the actual grind of football — that is what we are here to find out.”

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The celebrity that has been thrust upon quarterback Geno Smith as a potential first-round draft choice in the NFL draft has put him into some interesting situations, including being on set with both former coaches John Gruden and Steve Mariucci.

“It was a great experience,” Smith said, before making an astute observation. “You can tell they drink a lot of caffeine. That’s a typical coach.”

Smith said they made him feel comfortable during the interviews.

“They would joke off the set a little, but on the set you could tell they’d done it before,” he said.

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Just a prediction from someone who has yet to so much as see Dreamius Smith, the junior college transfer, run the ball.

He is going to be a big factor this year in changing the approach of the WVU offense, being a 220-pound power back with speed and moves.

Dustin Garrison was quick to praise him for bringing not only size but for having other tools that make him dangerous, sounding like he could be along the lines of Kay-Jay Harris, another late bloomer who came to WVU after playing minor league baseball.

Email Bob Hertzel at bhertzel@hotmail.com or follow him on Twitter @bhertzel.

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