MORGANTOWN - West Virginia's football team isn't playing "Duck, Duck" during the ongoing camp, but there was definitely a goose from head coach Dana Holgorsen this week.
In a line of questioning about projected starting quarterback Geno Smith, Holgorsen on Tuesday was asked the biggest challenge Smith faces this season.
"Not thinking he's got it all figured out, probably," said the coach.
He went on to say, "With Geno, we don't have to do any patting on the back. If he makes a good play, he's going to let everyone know about it. I guess we've got to ground him a little bit."
On Wednesday, Smith, the 6-foot-3, 214-pound junior, responded.
"Me and Coach Holgorsen have a good relationship," said the QB. "He's a straight-forward guy. I'm not sure what was said, but we have a good relationship. I really don't know what was said, so I can't comment on it."
When the comments were summarized, Smith tried again.
"I can't really comment on that," said the player. "That's his statement. I don't know really what was said. I feel like I'm a humble guy. I really can't comment on that aspect."
Goose aside, though, all seems ducky with the WVU offense.
"So far things are going well," Smith said. "We're getting better. We're competing. I feel the offense is definitely progressing. I think everyone is getting on the same page. We're not making as many mental mistakes, and that's always a plus. Overall, I think we're doing good."
Smith remains a solid favorite to be the starting quarterback, but the QB was also told freshman Paul Millard is still gunning for the No. 1 spot. It's something Smith enjoys.
"Always, man," he said. "I mean, when I was a freshman, I had the same mentality to beat Jarrett [Brown] out. No matter if it's possible or not, you should have that mentality. You should never be satisfied.
"Me and Paul have a good relationship. The competitiveness is what it makes it so special. Just having him by my side, not behind me, really helps me out."
But from a true freshman?