MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Praise for a true freshman on the third official day of training camp can be difficult to come by. But Bluefield native and defensive lineman Sean Martin picked some up from WVU head coach Neal Brown on Wednesday.
“Sean Martin was a big get for us,” Brown said. “Not only does he look the part, he has done everything we have asked him to do since he has been here. He is learning. The game is obviously at a different speed. He is extremely detail-oriented. He is intelligent and understands the game. He is about the right things so I think he has a bright future.”
With spring practice halted after just two days in March, the Mountaineers did something on Wednesday for the first time in over eight months.
“We did put on the pads. It was rusty. The last time we put on shoulder pads was against TCU last Thanksgiving weekend. So it had been a long time. It wasn’t the cleanest but I did like the fact that our guys competed.
“We worked areas where we want to get better. If we want to be one of the most improved teams in the country, and that is our goal, it is where we worked on areas today — third down and we worked on red zone. We have to be better in those areas. To do that, we have to practice them a lot.”
Brown said both veteran quarterbacks, Jarret Doege and Austin Kendall had bright spots mixed with moments of inconsistency.
“We threw a lot at them today. For both Doege and Kendall there were some ‘wow’ moments where they spun it and put it in some tight windows and hit some home runs down the field. And there were some throws that they missed. From a consistency point, it was not exactly what we want. But there were some flashes that give you a lot of hope.”