[gallery type="slideshow" ids="93013,93012,93011,93010,93009,93008,93007,93006,93005,93004,93003,93002,93001,93000,92999,92998,92997,92996,92995,92994,92993,92992,92991,92990,92989,92988,92987,92986,92985"]\r\n\r\nMORGANTOWN \u2014 At the conclusion of his second practice as a West Virginia quarterback, a pair of teammates patted Austin Kendall on the back.\r\n\r\nThose players were linebacker Shea Campbell and safety Donte Bonamico.\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s possible that Kendall just happened to be the nearest teammate in back-patting range. But the small gesture felt like it said a lot more about the respect Kendall is already commanding from all corners of the locker room. It\u2019s not unusual for defensive players to be a bit slow to warm up to a new quarterback.\r\n\r\nKendall, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma, has only been enrolled at West Virginia since January.\r\n\r\nLike the two quarterbacks he\u2019s competing against for the starting job, Kendall also had some nice moments throwing the ball Thursday. His ability to drop the ball in to receivers running out routes to the sideline stood out in particular.\r\n\r\nOn several drills from 15 yards out, Jack Allison had the accuracy edge among the quarterback trio. And Trey Lowe demonstrated that he is far more than a running quarterback. On Thursday, at least, no one had more zip on deep balls than Lowe.\r\n\r\nOther practice observations:\r\n<strong>Get on your feet, or else\u2026<\/strong>\r\n\r\nIt was a high-energy practice. As advertised, Neal Brown used a newfangled speaker system to communicate what the team would work on in the next practice period. Rap music played over the speakers during most of the early periods.\r\n\r\nBrown was particularly vigilant about making sure no players were kneeling on the sidelines if they weren\u2019t participating in a drill, repeatedly shouting \u201cStay off the ground!\u201d over the sound system.\r\n\r\nThe closest he came to a boiling point came after one violation too many.\r\n\r\n\u201cGod dang it, stay off the ground!\u201d was Brown\u2019s closest brush with profanity.\r\n<strong>Mays finding his way<\/strong>\r\n\r\nOne way or the other, redshirt freshman Briason Mays is going to have a chance to get on the field this season. Mays alternated snaps with junior Chase Behrndt and sophomore Adam Stilley.\r\n\r\nDuring the final team drill of practice, West Virginia\u2019s first-unit offensive line consisted of Colton McKivitz (left tackle), Mays (left guard), Behrndt (center), Josh Sills (right guard) and Kelby Wickline (right tackle).\r\n<strong>The hunt to replace Jennings and Sills<\/strong>\r\n\r\nPerhaps the most common receiver formation on display Thursday featured senior Marcus Simms and redshirt freshman Sam James on the outside with junior T.J. Simmons in the slot.\r\nCowan practices\r\n\r\nOn defense, linebacker VanDarius Cowan was a full participant. Two weeks before practice started, defensive coordinator Vic Koenning indicated that Cowan \u201chad a lot of work to do\u201d to get on the field.\r\n<strong>Norwood, Miller step up<\/strong>\r\n\r\nCornerbacks Josh Norwood and Dreshun Miller each had athletic pass breakups. Miller is a transfer from Eastern Arizona Community College who enrolled in January.\r\nInjury report\r\n\r\nLinebacker Charlie Benton and center Jacob Buccigrossi were the lone two players who did not participate. Both worked on conditioning as they recover from injuries.\r\n\r\nTight end Mike O\u2019Laughlin was among a handful of players in a green jersey. The green-jersey players participated in non-contact team and individual drills.\r\n\r\nSeveral linebackers who missed the majority of last season, including Dylan Tonkery and Brendan Ferns, were full participants. So was Quandarius Qualls, who is now at defensive end.\r\nReal football coming\r\n\r\nAt the conclusion of practice, Brown reminded his team that \u201ct-shirt ball is over.\u201d The Mountaineers will have their first fully padded practice on Saturday inside Milan Puskar Stadium.