Holgorsen won't even speculate who might have the edge because he says no one does. He won't even say that one will be given more practice reps than the others.
"Paul has more experience and probably knows the offense better, but that doesn't mean we'll give him more reps,'' Holgorsen said. "It's not about where they are now. It's about where they are in six months. We're going to have lots of opportunities to evaluate these guys.''
Don't expect the process to be a quick one, either. The team has 15 practices, concluding with the public Gold-Blue scrimmage on April 20, but if there's a starter in place by then it will be a bit of a surprise. Holgorsen isn't one who wants a clear-cut leader, but rather a quarterback who has proven over time that he's the best.
"More than likely not,'' Holgorsen said when asked if he expected to have an answer to his quarterback puzzle by the end of spring. "Once spring is over there's a lot more opportunities.''
BRIEFLY: Holgorsen and his rebuilt coaching staff haven't made a lot of position changes, but at least one was necessary. The Mountaineers lost four-year starting center Joe Madsen and his backup for the last two years, guard Jeff Braun. Preferring a center at least with playing experience, Pat Eger will move to that spot. He played both tackle and guard last year. Eger, though, is recovering from an ankle injury and will be limited in spring drills.
At least six players will be either out of spring drills or limited to non-contact roles because of injuries. The two who are out are wide receiver Dante Campbell (shoulder) and cornerback Terrell Chestnut (knee), both of whom had surgery. Those limited to non-contact work are Eger (ankle), cornerback Avery Williams (neck), linebacker Jewone Snow (shoulder) and safety Wes Tonkery (foot).
The spring practice schedule is spread out over six weeks with one of those off for the school's spring break. Prior to break, the team will work out Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday for two weeks, then after the break the schedule will be Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for three weeks.
The school has not announced a time for the spring game. It has been a night game the last two years.
Holgorsen hasn't hired an assistant to replace running backs coach Robert Gillespie, and wouldn't talk about it other than to say, "We'll hire a running backs coach.''
The school and the football program do seem to have found a perfect spot for former assistant coach Steve Dunlap. He will be the team's director of high school relations.
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