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Holgorsen looking for volunteers to help depth

Posted on: August 10, 2011 10:16 am
Edited on: August 10, 2011 11:43 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

West Virginia was the media's pick to win the Big East, largely because of the talent level of returning starters and excitement to see them under first-year head coach Dana Holgorsen. But if the Mountaineers find themselves bitten by the injury bug, things are awfully questionable as you scan down the depth chart.

West Virginia currently has just 78 scholarship players on the roster, and many of the names in the current depth chart are walk-ons. There are certain positions, most notably quarterback, where anything after second-string is a complete guess. Holgorsen is so concerned with with the depth, he's taken extra efforts to reach out for more walk-ons. According to the Charleston Gazette, a mass email has gone out to the student body looking for volunteers to come and play third and fourth string quarterback during the Mountaineers camp. The combination of Holgorsen's pass-happy system and lack of quarterbacks is beginning to create concern that the two on the roster will be overworked.

For now, assistant coaches have stepped in as third and fourth string quarterbacks to give starter Geno Smith and true freshman Paul Millard some rest. Even Holgorsen himself stepped under center to take some snaps in Saturday's practice. As for the rest of the positions, West Virginia has been "aggressively marketing" the team's walk-on tryout Aug. 22.
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