MORGANTOWN - West Virginia University football coach Bill Stewart says he has a bucket list. Not that he plans on leaving any time soon, but that there are few things left to accomplish before spring practice is laid to rest.
"I don't want to come out and just keep handing the ball to seven (Noel Devine) and throwing the ball to nine (Jock Sanders)," Stewart said. "We know what they can do. I want to see young guys touch the ball."
One of those young guys is red-shirt freshman running back Daquan Hargett, a 5-10, 190-pounder out of Miami.
"Daquan puts that foot on the ground, and he goes north," Stewart said. "He was nicked up earlier with an high ankle sprain, but he never said a word. He just goes about his business. He is one of those that is privileged to play and privileged to be a Mountaineer."
Hargett said he loves the energy and competition coming out of the spring drills and is anxious to prove himself to the coaching staff.
"I'm getting more chances to prove myself," Hargett said. "If I make a mistake, I don't have to worry about coming out. I know I have another rep, and I can keep proving myself a little bit more."
Hargett said he is about 70 percent healthy, but said he feels 100 percent once he steps out on to the field.
"That's not in my head when I'm out here," he said. "This is an important spring for me. I just want to get into the rotations and learn the offense more."
Stewart said having more offensive weapons will keep defenses guessing once the season starts.
"You can't keep calling the same play over and over," he said. "We try to get the ball to other people. We're trying to spread the wealth and find more players."
Those new players will have a chance to showcase themselves at 7 p.m. Friday when spring practice concludes under the lights with the annual Gold/Blue game. A gathering of Mountaineer alumni will take the field first for a reunion and touch football game. About 20 minutes later, the scrimmage of current players will kick off.
The gates open at 6 p.m., and tickets are available for $5 each. They can be purchased at the Milan Puskar Stadium gate on game day or in advance this week at the Mountaineer Ticket Office located in the WVU Coliseum. WVU students will be admitted free with a valid ID.
There will be no stadium re-entry passes issued for the game. Stadium seating, restrooms and concessions will be open on the west lower side only.
All stadium parking lots will open at 5 p.m. on Friday.
The following east side lots are available for parking for this year's Gold-Blue Game: F1, F2, D and E. The following hospital parking lots on the west side are available: A1, A2, M2, K1, K3 and L.
The center and west lots of the large Blue hospital parking areas (hospital parking lots C1-C7 and B) are reserved for hospital parking only and will not be available.
Fans are encouraged to attend the Mountaineer Fan Festival in the stadium lot (K2) adjacent to the Ronald McDonald House from 5:30-6:30 p.m. featuring inflatable games for kids and an autograph session with select former Mountaineer football players.