Nehlen was asked if he ever envisioned the development.
"I definitely could envision it," he said. "I always had aspirations to get on the field. Today was a big step for me."
Indeed, he wasn't the most productive receiver. J.D. Woods, Bailey, Milhouse and Tavon Austin all had better statistics. But Nehlen finished with five catches for 79 yards sharing the field with Bailey, Austin and Tyler Urban. McCartney had two catches for 15 yards and a long of 9 with the second grouping.
"It's like we were talking the other day," Holgorsen said. "I mean, hell, [Nehlen] might be our best receiver. We just don't know it based on him being too good of a student, liking class so much. He goes to class all the time. Hell, if he was here more, we'd probably see what we saw today earlier."
Nehlen said he's been teased about class so much this spring he decided to get Holgorsen back on Friday.
"When I got here I told him I had to leave in 20 minutes," Nehlen said. "At first, [Holgorsen] looked at me like I was serious."
These days, the coaches are serious about Nehlen, no matter how many stars he earned as a high school recruit.
"I don't think I had any stars," said the redshirt junior from University High. "But I always wanted to come and play for WVU. It was my dream."
It was neat to see many of the old Mountaineers battling in the Old-Timers contest with special guest coaches Bobby Bowden and Jim Carlen (gold) and Don Nehlen and Frank Cignetti (blue).
There was White dazzling fans again at quarterback. There was Renaldo Turnbull, who, I maintain, was one of the finest WVU football players ever. Dan Mozes was at center. Willie Edwards defended Darrell Miller. Rico Tyler was in the backfield.
Perhaps the most symbolic player out there, however, was Garrett Ford Jr., whose father Garrett Sr. was feted all day for his fine work in the athletic administration.
The spring game was televised statewide for the first time by a West Virginia company. But it wasn't the first time it was televised statewide. ESPN televised the event during the Rich Rodriguez era in 2006.
And finally . . .
You may remember back in November of last year when WVU announced it would deal with NCAA charges of violations via a summary disposition process instead of a written response and formal hearing.
The process is a cooperative effort with the NCAA Committe of Infractions. Well, at that time, a release from the school said the case should be wrapped up this spring.
On Friday, however, Mike Fragale, assistant athletic director of communications, said no timetable has still been set for release of sanctions. "I hate to say it will be next week and it won't be until June," Fragale said. "And I hate to say June when it might be next week."
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