The Times West Virginian

September 10, 2013

WVU’s Holgorsen has decisions to make

By Bob Hertzel
For the Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — A lack of offense in the season’s first two games has caused Coach Dana Holgorsen, who has built his reputation on wide open, inventive and productive offenses, to do some juggling with the depth chart for this Saturday’s noon game against winless Georgia State.

Most attention is focused on the quarterback position, which was out of camp by Paul Millard.

After WVU scored one touchdown, that on a 75-yard run by Dreamius Smith, and Millard barely completed 50 percent of his passes against Oklahoma, Holgorsen threw the quarterback job open.

He didn’t even limit it to his two upperclassmen, Millard and Florida State transfer Clint Trickett, who did not complete a pass in a limited appearance in the opener.

This week’s depth chart lists Millard, Trickett and redshirt freshman Ford Childress.

“I don’t know when it’s going to happen to where I feel good about somebody and they take the bull by the horns and they lead the team to victory and they look good doing it,” Holgorsen said Monday during the Big 12 football coaches conference call. “Until that happens, we’re going to have to continue to rep all three.”

It’s probable that Holgorsen will look at all three in the Georgia State team, a new Division 1-A team that just could be fielding the weakest team in the division with losses to 1-AA teams.

It appears from the depth chart that Holgorsen is making a change right up the middle, and lists senior Pat Eger as the starting center ahead of redshirt freshman Tyler Orlosky, while the rest of the line remains the same.

Eger has played all the positions on the offensive line during his career and was taught to play center this spring before injuring an ankle.

Holgorsen made a couple of wide receiver changes, moving Kevin White, who caught seven passes for 80 yards against Oklahoma, over K.J. Myers and putting Ronald Carswell in ahead of the veteran Ivan McCartney.

“We will definitely shake things up on the offensive side of the ball as it pertains to our pass game,” Holgorsen said Monday morning. “I’m not happy with where we’re at. We need to be way more efficient than we have been.”

According to the depth chart, Carswell is also the new starting punt returner.

On defense, the good news is that Doug Rigg is listed on the depth chart, although not certain to play after having been knocked unconscious during Saturday’s game and taken from the field to the hospital with what seemed to be a neck or head injury.

He was diagnosed well enough to fly home with the team and had a minor concussion.

“Doug is doing fine,” Holgorsen said. “Luckily he is doing fine. Everything is clear and his mind is fine.”

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