Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 16, 2012

WVU still has to work on depth

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — Two days are all that remain for the 2012 West Virginia University football camp. Classes begin Monday and a week from Saturday the Mountaineers open the season against Marshall.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen said Thursday’s practice was one of the best the team’s had, but there are still issues to address, including the team’s depth.

“Today was as good as it’s been, especially defensively from an effort standpoint and energy standpoint. They’re starting to fly around and make some plays,” Holgorsen said. “We haven’t nailed anything down from a depth chart standpoint, so we’ll continue to evaluate all of our guys. We haven’t broken up into scout teams or any of that, so we’ll continue to evaluate our guys over the next two days prior to breaking camp. For the next two days, it’s about staying the course, keep evaluating and get to the point where we know where we’re at Monday.”

One position where the depth is beginning to emerge is at wide receiver where the starters are set and reserves are beginning to take shape. However, the defensive line is still a work in progress according to the coach.

“ In certain positions, we can see it separating from starters to backups. For instance at receiver, we feel that Stedman (Bailey) is an obvious starter, Jordan Thompson is an obvious starter, Tavon Austin is an obvious starter and J.D. Woods is an obvious starter. Then you have backups, and we’ll assess all of the backups to where we can find out how much they can handle playing. We’re not sure where the d-line is at yet. Some areas we feel good about, some areas we don’t,” Holgorsen commented.

Geno Smith missed today’s practice due to his grandmother passing away and returned to Florida to be with his family. In his absence Paul Millard and Ford Childress took the reins at quarterback.

“They been getting a lot of reps. Geno probably takes 50 percent of the reps, maybe slightly higher than that and then we split the other 40 percent approximately between the two. Ford’s a guy who is talented, but he is where Paul was a year ago from a knowledge standpoint and a rep standpoint,” Holgorsen said.