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August 14, 2012

WVU hopes to live up to hype during 2012 season

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MORGANTOWN — WVU got through the summer without any academic casualties.

“I think we’re in the clear. It’s a miracle. It’s the first miracle of the year,” Holgorsen said. “A couple of guys I had some very serious reservations about, and they got through. The academic people in the back are doing a good job.”

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One such player apparently was wide receiver J.D. Woods, who ended last season as the No. 1 Z receiver on the outside but who was on the scout team in camp until his availability was certain.

The plans were to move him to the inside this year but when freshman receiver Jordan Thompson showed so much ability, it freed Holgorsen up to move him back outside, where he has been excelling.

“He looked good. He finished the year last year as the starting Z, the outside guy, and we moved him inside because we need some inside guys. With the emergence of Jordan Thompson playing at a very high level, he took that spot and ran with it. We felt better at the inside receiver spot with him and Tavon (Austin) than we did at the outside receiver spot, so we moved J.D. back out because he was more productive,” Holgorsen said.

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Holgorsen has been playing a lot of younger safeties with the first team, but that has been a matter of necessity to date.

“We have injuries right now,” he said. “(Darwin) Cook has been hampered by a groin, and he’s day-to-day. (Matt) Moro’s been hampered by a hamstring, and he’s day-to-day. Those are two older guys we need to get out there.

“(Freshman) Karl Joseph finished the spring as the No. 1 safety; he’s a good football player. Having him in the spring has helped and with Cook being out, we put K.J. (Joseph) in. We put them in an up-tempo two-minute session today and their heads started spinning.

“If we can’t handle tempo, it’s going to be a long season for us. Everybody needs tempo and the young guys, without the experience, that’s where it shows more than anywhere.”

Email Bob Hertzel at bhertzel@hotmail.com. Follow on Twitter @bhertzel.

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