Get your popcorn ready, Mountaineers fans.
The sky is the limit for quarterback Geno Smith. The junior ranked second or better within the Big East in pass efficiency (144.7), passing yards per game (212.5 ypg) and total offense (229.2 ypg) in 2010, and now he's got Dana Holgorsen calling the shots. Hence the reason for his inclusion on early Heisman watch lists.
Noel Devine is gone after an excellent career in Morgantown. Replacing him will be a joint venture. 5'11", 219-pound, Shawne Alston will step in as more of a true running back with his prototypical size, but he'll likely share carries with Tavon Austin and sophomore Daquan Hargrett.
Austin will benefit as much as anyone from the addition of Holgorsen. The 5'9", 173-pound sophomore will also see time at wide receiver, and trying to peg him as a "running back" or a "receiver" is futile. Suffice it to say that he is the most dangerous skill player on the field for WVU—regardless of where he lines up. Senior Brad Starks and sophomore Stedman Bailey will undoubtedly be more effective as well.
But keep an eye on 6'3' sophomore Ivan McCartney. He seems to scream "Justin Blackmon" productivity in this offense.
The offensive line returns four starters once again in 2010, including seniors Don Barclay and Josh Jenkins along the left side at tackle and guard, respectively.