"It saves my arm," Smith said. "There were some times last year I'd be running the scout team just because we didn't have someone to quarterback the scout team. I was happy to help out, but I had some wear and tear. Now I'm taking normal reps."
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SMITH WON'T discuss his own candidacy for the Heisman Trophy, but he will use his fresh arm to throw his support behind teammate Tavon Austin, who led nation in all-purpose yards per game last season.
"I will endorse Tavon Austin," Smith said. "I think he's one of the best players in the country and the most electrifying player in the country with the ball in his hands."
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LINEBACKER Jewone Snow missed practice and instead paced the sideline in a red, no participation jersey. The sophomore from Canton, Ohio, missed spring practice recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but appeared to be walking gingerly and favoring his right side.
Holgorsen wouldn't elaborate on Snow's status, which has been his prerogative from the beginning, and labeled Snow as day-to-day.
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HOLGORSEN HAD no update on freshman running back Roshard Burney, the only player in the recruiting class with an uncertain eligibility status. He didn't report last week, but Holgorsen said last week Burney was awaiting a decision from the NCAA's eligibility center.
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WVU IS IN finals week for the final summer session and Holgorsen said a "couple" players are waiting on grades to see whether they'll be eligible for the fall.
He wouldn't name any.
"It's their own fault," he said. "They could have taken care of this a long time ago."
Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson insinuated Saturday one reason junior receiver Ivan McCartney wasn't participating in practice was because of academics.
"We're not going to waste reps on a guy when we don't know if he's going to be eligible or not," Dawson said. "Right now, he's not doing anything. Basically, he's done nothing. Does he have the talent? Yes, he does. My challenge to him would just be - he has to be more consistent and all that, but he's got to be more consistent in a couple aspects of life in general"
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