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Shannon Dawson explains how spots are won in spring ball: 'This isn't Kindergarten'

Spring practices are a time where player development is at the forefront of every coaches mind, and for players it's a time to prove you've got what it takes to be in the starting 11.

West Virginia offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson noted at a presser today that if you want to start for the Mountaineers, you'd better take full advantage of your opportunities in spring ball.

"All you can ask for in this life, I don't care if you're a quarterback or a left tackle or receiver, is an opportunity. What's an opportunity? Well, I'm going to give you 'X' amount of reps, and we've divided them pretty evenly really."

"So with those reps, what do you do? Is it my fault that you didn't raise up and win the job, ya know? Win the job. It's not kindergarten. You get an opportunity you better take advantage of it, and if you don't...too bad."

That outlook from their coordinator has got to be quite the incentive for Mountaineer players to improve in the off season. Especially as they look to improve on a disappointing 4-8, 2-7 finish.