West Virginia spring game review

The West Virginia spring game was a good, old-fashioned blowout.

That's because coach Bill Stewart stacked the Blue team with the starters and most of the key reserves. Not surprisingly, then, that loaded side beat the Gold squad 38-0.

Coley White played quarterback for both sides as Geno Smith sat out because of his foot injury. White, who had a really strong spring, went 16-for-25 for 162 yards and three scores while playing for the Blue side. He was 6-for-11 for 27 yards and two interceptions for the Blue, which managed only 47 yards on 27 plays against the first-string defense.

Stewart praised White and said he wants Pat White's younger brother "to keep his hand in the quarterback position" this fall when Smith returns and two promising freshmen arrive. White will likely be a slot receiver once fall camp begins.

The fans got to see the Mountaineers stars shine, as Noel Devine had 73 yards on 12 carries and Jock Sanders had 70 receiving yards. Bradley Starks was limited with an ankle injury, while Scooter Berry and J.T. Thomas sat out with injuries. Cornerback Brandon Hogan, who's had some issues this spring that have kept him off the practice field, started the game and had an interception.

"Defensively, we didn’t just play base," Stewart said. "We didn’t go out there and do a three-man front or a base four-man rush. We did a lot of stuff on both sides of the ball. That was good. I wanted to see our defense fly around, knock the ball and create some turnovers."

West Virginia drew 21,029 fans to the Friday night scrimmage, one of the largest spring game crowds in school history and most in the Big East this year.