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William Crest won't redshirt at West Virginia, returns kicks at practice

Former Dunbar star William Crest's career in West Virginia has gotten off to an unusual start.

While it appears unlikely the quarterback will have the opportunity to start with the Mountaineers this season, coach Dana Holgorsen has decided Crest likely won't be redshirted.

Perhaps even more surprising, however, was the reported sight of Crest fielding punts during practice this month.

Apparently, Crest jogged out to the field with other returners on his own, not at a coach's urging. Holgorsen decided to leave the four-star prospect out there.

“He did it in high school to stay in shape,” Holgorsen told reporters in Morgantown, W.Va. “Ball skills for a quarterback are important. ... During the first practice I looked down there and he was down there catching punts and I was watching him, and I'd be darned if it didn't look pretty good."

Crest, who won Class 1A state championships as the Poets' quarterback in 2011 and 2012, is pegged as West Virginia's signal-caller of the future. He threw for 2,232 yards, ran for 672 and scored 25 touchdowns last season.

Senior Clint Trickett will begin the season as the Mountaineers' starter. He will be backed up by senior Paul Millard.

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