Starters unclear at WVU
With the beginning of classes on Monday, the preseason is over for third-year head coach Dana Holgorsen and his Mountaineers as they look to rebound from a 7-6 mark and the loss of the team’s three most dynamic players from a year ago.
Problem is the coaching staff is no closer to naming a starting lineup than it was when practice started at the beginning of the month.
“You want to do it (name starters) now,” Holgorsen said. “If we did it a week from now I’d start to get antsy. We’re starting to build the depth chart. The first thing is developing a two deep, which we’re pretty close to.
“Once you develop a two deep, then you can let those guys battle it out for another week before you name starters. Even when you go into the first game there will be specific positions such as quarterback and center that will have starters that will play the whole game.
“But, then there are other spots such as corner where you might want to have three players rotating play.
Just because you’re not a starter doesn’t mean you’re not going to play a considerable amount.”
Fact is there are so many new faces looking to make an impact on this year’s squad that name a ‘true’ starting lineup at all 11 positions on offense, defense and special teams my not happen until the Mountaineers enter the second half of the 2013 season.
A fact that could spell doom for this year’s squad as a huge road test at Oklahoma awaits the Mountaineers in week two while a meeting with longtime rival Maryland also looms in the near future.
“There are going to be 50 guys that are going into the first game knowing that they’re taking snaps one way or another whether it’s second team stuff, special team stuff or a rotation that we developed that we haven’t really discussed yet.
“I want to get through camp and have a pretty good idea of what the two deep is going to be and who those 50 players are that we’re counting on. The next week is to get starters situated on special teams, offense and defense.
Then, we figure out who those other guys are going to be in the rotation. I think we’re on track for all of that.”
Several of those names, however, could be new to Mountaineer fans as Florida State transfer Clint Trickett, University of Houston transfer Charles Sims and a bevy of junior college transfers have steadily worked their way up the depth chart during the summer.
Trickett, the son of former WVU assistant Rick Trickett, is locked in a three-way battle with Paul Millard and Ford Childress at quarterback while Sims is looking to overtake incumbents Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison at running back.
But, fans, like the opposition, will have to wait until opening day to find out who won.