West Virginia Football: Week 2 Fall Practice Stock Update

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIAugust 15, 2013

West Virginia Football: Week 2 Fall Practice Stock Update

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    Major news came during Week 2 of fall camp when West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen announced that the quarterback battle will soon be decided.

    While one signal-caller appears to have finally taken the reins of the WVU offense, numerous players at other positions have been rising and falling on the depth chart on both sides of the ball.

    Many upperclassmen have been challenged by the horde of newcomers in Morgantown, and a number of the new faces are poised to continue to rise as they settle into the program and scheme. 

    Finally, Week 2 of camp also brought a live 11-on-11 scrimmage in front of the media, which gave an excellent look into a potential depth chart for when the Mountaineers make their 2013 debut against William & Mary on Aug. 31.

Up: K.J. Myers

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    Redshirt sophomore K.J. Myers may end up as the only returning receiver to hold off the new arrivals and grab a starting spot.

    After running with the first-team offense throughout the offseason, Myers appears to be the lone returnee in the mix, along with newcomers like Kevin White, Mario Alford and Ronald Carswell.

    The only other holdover at the position is Cody Clay. However, Clay will act as a hybrid fullback-tight end, rather than a full-time receiver.

Down: Other Returning Receivers

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    This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, but the majority of the returning receivers for the Mountaineers have slipped their way down the depth chart.

    Jordan Thompson and Dante Campbell have struggled with injury through much of camp. Thursday, Holgorsen called them "day-to-day," as tweeted by Mike Casazza of the Charleston Daily Mail. 

    Additionally, Will Johnson and Connor Arlia are no longer on the WVU roster, and Holgorsen confirmed that the two will transfer. Geoff Coyle of WVIllustrated also quoted Holgorsen saying Johnson and Arlia are free to transfer anywhere.

    Aside from K.J. Myers, only two returnees appear to be in contention for playing time: Devonte Mathis and Terrance Gourdine.

    However, for Mathis, bad news came Thursday when Holgorsen expressed ire at his inside receivers and announced that he'll try true freshman Daikiel Shorts on the inside.

Up: Brandon Golson

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    West Virginia was expected to have plenty of junior college flavor for 2013, and Brandon Golson will almost certainly provide that defensively.

    Golson was featured on the first-team defense during a Week 2 scrimmage, as reported by Allan Taylor of WV MetroNews

    As mentioned by Taylor, West Virginia's defensive coaches had been long anticipating the arrival of Golson, and he proved to be as good as advertised when he finally did make it to campus this summer.

    Golson will only improve as he becomes more comfortable in the system.

Down: Pat Eger

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    The most experienced player on the offense, Pat Eger has fallen out of the starting five on the offensive line.

    He made a move from tackle to center this spring and then to guard this fall. Now it appears as though he'll be somewhat of a sixth man on the offensive line, filling in wherever needed.

    The five anticipated starters all have less starting experience than Eger.

Up: Travis Bell and Ishmael Banks

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    A pair of redshirt juniors may have finally stepped up to claim the two starting cornerback roles in West Virginia's base defense.

    Ishmael Banks has been long assumed to be a front-runner for one of the starting positions and has been the most impressive of the group all offseason.

    The story of Travis Bell is a bit different. He was a safety up until this spring when he burst onto the scene with an outstanding spring game.

    Bell looked to be on his way to a successful junior campaign in 2012, but he was sidelined with an injury early in the season against Maryland. If he can stay healthy, he could have a great impact on a WVU corner unit that was short on playmakers last season.

    A pair of redshirt juniors may have finally stepped up to claim the two starting cornerback roles in West Virginia's base defense.

    Ishmael Banks has been long assumed to be a frontrunner for one of the starting positions and has been the most impressive of the group all offseason.

    The story of Travis Bell is a bit different. Bell was a safety up until this spring when he burst onto the scene with an outstanding spring game.

    Bell looked to be on his way to a successful junior campaign in 2012 but was sidelined with an injury early in the season against Maryland. If he can stay healthy, he could have a great impact in a WVU corner unit that was short on playmakers last season.

     

Down: Brodrick Jenkins

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    With Travis Bell and Ishmael Banks on track to take the top two spots at corner, senior Brodrick Jenkins will be the odd man out.

    Jenkins showed potential to be an exciting playmaker as a sophomore, but he struggled through 2012.

    As the most experienced Mountaineer cornerback, he'll still see the field in 2013, but it looks like it will be an uphill battle for him to earn back his starting position.

Up: Charles Sims and Dreamius Smith

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    As expected, running backs Charles Sims and Dreamius Smith are just too talented to keep off the field.

    Sims, a Houston transfer and redshirt senior, is a lock for the starting role and might be the best player on the team at any position.

    The best part about Sims is his versatility. By motioning in and out of the backfield, Sims will open up more opportunities for Smith.

    Smith, a junior college transfer, is a powerful runner and will bring a different dimension to the WVU offense.

    During the Week 2 scrimmage, Geoff Coyle of WVIllustrated captured video of Sims darting for what would have been a touchdown in live action.

    Sims and Smith will make one of the best running back duos in the Big 12 Conference, if not the nation.

Down: Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison

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    Dustin Garrison was West Virginia's starting running back in 2011. Andrew Buie took that starting role in 2012.

    Now thanks to Sims and Smith, neither will start in 2013.

    As Coyle reported, Garrison was the No. 3 running back during Monday's scrimmage and Buie was not present for the drill.

    Both will undoubtedly see the field this season, along with freshman Wendell Smallwood, but they'll do so backing up Sims and Smith.

    However, given the nature of the running back position, injury could always open the door for either to retake a starting role.

     

Up: Clint Trickett

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    Clint Trickett ran the first-team offense at Monday's scrimmage.

    At his meeting with the media three days later, Holgorsen announced that he expects the quarterback battle to be decided by the end of practice Saturday and that he knows in the back of his mind whom the starter should be, as tweeted by Greg Madia of The Daily Athenaeum. 

    This isn't a coincidence. Trickett joined the Mountaineers after the spring with his eyes on the unsettled quarterback race.

    Now, it looks like he will be the winner of the job.

    However, with the race so close all offseason, he still stands to lose that job if he falters once the season starts.

Depth Chart Projection: Offense

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    QB: Clint Tricket

    Ford Childress/Paul Millard

    RB: Charles Sims

    Dreamius Smith

    FB/TE: Cody Clay

    WR: Kevin White

    Ivan McCartney

    IR: Mario Alford

    Shelton Gibson

    IR: Ronald Carswell

    Daikiel Shorts

    WR: K.J. Myers

    Terrance Gourdine

    RT: Curtis Feigt

    Pat Eger

    RG: Marquis Lucas

    Stone Underwood

    C: Tyler Orlosky

    Tony Matteo

    LG: Mark Glowinski

    Russell Haughton-James

    LT: Quinton Spain

    Nick Kindler

Depth Chart Projection: Defense

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    DE: Will Clarke

    Noble Nwachukwu

    DT: Shaq Rowell

    Christian Brown

    DE: Dontrill Hyman

    Eric Kinsey

    Star (OLB): Isaiah Bruce

    Wes Tonkery

    Sam (ILB): Doug Rigg

    Jared Barber

    Will (ILB): Nick Kwiatkoski

    Al-Rasheed Benton

    Buck (OLB): Brandon Golson

    Dozie Ezemma

    CB: Ishmael Banks

    Brodrick Jenkins

    CB: Travis Bell

    Avery Williams

    FS: Karl Joseph

    K.J. Dillon

    SS: Darwin Cook

    Jeremy Tyler