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April 14, 2011

WVU players scuffle at practice

MORGANTOWN — You know that Dana Holgorsen’s new offense is beginning to frustrate the West Virginia University defense a bit because things got pretty feisty between the two at Wednesday morning’s practice.

It started innocently enough after the rains stopped and the team moved from the indoor facility to the main stadium. Receiver Coley White caught a pass near the sideline and linebacker Donovan Miles and a host of tacklers latched onto him.

White fought against the onslaught and the whistle blew, but Miles paid no attention to it, driving White to the ground.

That caught Tyler Urban’s attention, and the man who has been the biggest surprise of camp pounced on Miles and drove him to the ground.

Next thing you knew, players from both sidelines were emptying. You might, if you were Rodney Dangerfield, say that “I went to a football practice and a hockey game broke out.”

This was a pretty good one as practice scrums go, but while it does wonders for a team’s enthusiasm for the rest of the day, it does little to improve the skills, and coach Bill Stewart addressed it after practice.

“I said, ‘If you guys want to fight some period, let me know and I’ll put it in instead of break. We’ll just call it fight period, and you can go out there and box,’” he said. “We’ll put boxing gloves on and full pads and they can just have fun.”

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There was one area of concern out of the practice as Brad Starks, who has been a fragile commodity during his time at WVU, fell awkwardly while battling cornerback Brantwon Bowser for a deep pass, his helmet flying off as he hit the ground.

The closest thing to an injury report came from Stewart, who said, “He was a little dinged.”

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