April 18, 2009

A dozen prospects dig game

MORGANTOWN--The Spring Game was striking because, for the first time since 2004, the Mountaineers were split into teams for a conventional tussle. The squads were composed of the first-second strings pitted against the rest of the roster. Play was broken into halves and Big East officials were on hand. There were no kickoffs and no contact was allowed on punts. Perhaps 15,000 fans watched from the pressbox side of Puskar Stadium.

Bill Stewart's brainchild of providing competition between the regulars and the future scout teamers lit a spark to the perfect, sun-shiny day. Even the coaching staff was split with young guns like Chris Beatty and Lonnie Galloway matched with one team. Old hands like Jeff Casteel and Bill Kirelawich tutored the other.

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