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WVU Coach Holgorsen to Open Quarterback Try-Outs; Adds Former Kentucky QB

Yes, West Virginia Fans, you too could play football for the Mountaineers
Yes, West Virginia Fans, you too could play football for the MountaineersDoug Pensinger/Getty Images
Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIAugust 17, 2011

Former Kentucky Wildcats walk-on quarterback Michael Burchett who arrived in Morgantown to join the WVU Football team finished his first practice on Tuesday.

In an afternoon after-practice press conference on Tuesday, West Virginia Mountaineers football head coach Dana Holgorsen announced his attendance, commenting on his first practice.

Burchett was unhappy with the amount of playing time he would likely have received this year for the Kentucky Wildcats, he sought out West Virginia looking for the chance to play.

Burchett did not play for Kentucky during the 2010-11 season, but put in a lot of practice in anticipation of having a shot this season. When the Wildcats neglected to bring the quarterback into summer camps, he searched for another place to show off his talents.

The 6'2", 205-pound sophomore tallied up 3,142 yards his senior high school season to accompany 39 touchdowns in a pro-style type of offensive attack.

The Mountaineers will be saturated with quarterback talent when they host a walk-on tryout on Aug. 22nd in an attempt to lure more depth to the team.

Tryout attendees will have to prove enrollment at WVU as well as provide insurance and current physical health information.

Registration for the event begins at around 6 PM at the Milan Puskar Center, workouts will begin an hour later.

Try-outs or not, Burchett will likely find himself in the back-up or third string role in Morgantown, although Holgorsen has said repeatedly that every position is up for grabs as he tries to fit players recruited by a previous staff into his highly efficient passing offense.

As of now, coach Holgorsen is just trying to win with what he has.

Nearly all the players on his roster are recruits from a previous coaching staff who had an offensive philosophy nothing like the high-powered passing offenses of Houston, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

The mixing and matching of his roster will continue for Holgorsen until he gets a chance to bring in his own recruits throughout the next couple seasons.

With some success this season, the first-year West Virginia coach could find himself recruiting some of the most superior talent in the country.

 

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