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There isn't a whole lot to take from what Holgorsen said about the start of spring practice. He reported that the energy and mindset seems to be very positive, as there are open positions all across the board on offense, defense and special teams.
He seems to like the staff he has under him at this point, even despite the widespread changes. This could end up being a great match, as the players and coaches are both ready to move onward and upward.
Between all the new coaches and new players, this is about as close as possible to being an entirely new team.
Holgorsen also quipped about the heavy losses WVU incurred, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Part of his final quote was cut out for length purposes, but he essentially explained that Geno Smith, Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Joe Madsen and others all started in the same position as the current players did.
They all earned their playing time just like this group will, so it will be very interesting to see which players rise to the top.
Holgorsen on the spring outlook:
After the second day of non-padded practice, there isn’t a tremendous amount to report on. It will be a couple weeks before we can build some sort of depth chart...On all three sides of the ball, it’s pretty fresh, and it’s pretty energetic, the guys are eager and I would say the same thing from a coaching standpoint as well. We are excited about getting to work every day, we are excited about getting to coach these guys, and I think it will be a fun and productive spring going forward.
Holgorsen on coaching changes:
The morale as a whole is good because we have a bunch of guys that are excited about the opportunity to be here. They all bring something different to the table. They were hired for specific reasons. They are motivated for a variety of reasons, but the biggest thing is bringing in ideas, having a voice and bringing some specific things to the table.
Holgorsen on offensive losses:
Everybody gets up in arms thinking, “Oh my gosh, how are these guys going to play football without these guys who are going to be drafted in the NFL.” It happens every year, and in every different program across the country you lose people and you try to move forward...this gives younger guys the opportunity to step up and believe that they are the guy. That naturally happens, guys get older and get more reps, but also the burden is on their shoulders to become better players. I’m looking forward to seeing which guys those are going to be.
Video and transcription of Dana Holgorsen's Week 1 spring press conference can be found at WVUSports.com.