In fact, Holgorsen wondered out loud Monday how Bailey would test in things like the 40-yard dash and agility drills. The Mountaineers tend not to measure such things with their players.
"I'm curious to see how he tests out,'' Holgorsen said.
"Running routes and catching the football are things receivers are supposed to do and that I've been doing my whole life. I don't think those things will be hard,'' Bailey said. "As far as running, I feel like I have pretty good speed and I'll be able to work on it more with whoever I train with.''
The fact is, Bailey isn't known as a particularly fast runner and for being exceptionally elusive. But a lot of receivers have made long careers in the NFL without those attributes.
"He has some things that only Jerry Rice had and some of the greats had, things that you can't coach,'' said Smith, who has been throwing passes to Bailey since they were kids. "He has things you can't coach and you can't really see on tape. He does things that don't even seem impressive because he does it so smoothly.
"He beats man-to-man coverage 100 percent of the time and I've rarely seen him drop passes. He doesn't have blazing speed, but you're not going to catch him from behind.''
With a game yet to play, Bailey already sits first and second on WVU's all-time list for single-season receiving yards - 1,501 this season and 1,279 last. His 106 receptions this year are second only to Austin's 110 this season among the school's single-season receptions leaders.
Bailey also holds the top two single-game receiving yards marks in school history - 303 against Baylor and 225 against Oklahoma State, both this season. And he and Austin share the top two spots on the list of single-game receptions with 14 and 13. Bailey has three of those 13-reception games.
Despite playing just three seasons, Bailey will finish second behind Austin in career receptions if he gets the five he needs in the bowl game to pass Jock Sanders. He's also the school's all-time leader with 39 touchdown receptions and is second behind Austin in receiving yards.
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