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Irvin Takes In First Minicamp With Seattle

Former Mountaineer Bruce Irvin took part in his first official practice with the Seattle Seahawks as a part of the team’s first rookie minicamp this weekend.

“It felt good to start a new chapter in my life and it’s different – more of a high tempo than in college,” Irvin said in a post-practice interview with media in Seattle.  “But I think I did pretty good and defense overall had a pretty good day for it to be the first day all working together.”

Irvin was the first player who was drafted in the first round to sign a contract with his new team.  Irvin’s deal was reportedly worth $9.34 million over four years with a team option for a fifth year.  Also included, a more than $5 million signing bonus.

“My role is just coming in here, working hard and doing the best that I can.  I’m not going to come in and try to do too much because that’s when you mess up,” Irvin said.  “I’m going to come in and be Bruce, just like at West Virginia.  I’m going to come in and bust my butt everyday and when it’s time for me to go in I’ll make the most of the situation.”

Irvin is one of several former Mountaineers trying to make an impact at the next level. 

“It feels great,” Irvin said.  “A lot of kids want to be in this situation.  I’m fortunate enough to be one of the many few that made it and getting a chance to live my dream.  It’s a great feeling and I’m looking forward to being successful.

“I’m just blessed to be here with a great group of players and a great coaching staff,” he said.  “I look forward to us doing a lot of great things this season.”

Tampa Bay and Washington both held their first rookie minicamps the first weekend in May as several former Mountaineers are trying to work their way onto those two teams.  Don Barclay was also taking part in his first minicamp with the Packers this weekend while Julian Miller was one of four players released by Cincinnati after failing a physical.

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