If the quarterback was the only unknown in the equation, it would be different. But that's not the case. In fact, consider that every ball-handling job on the offense is up for grabs, from the center who snaps the ball to the unknown quarterback, to the running back he hands it to and the receivers who catch his passes.
There is a chance that every one of the top players at those positions will have never touched the ball as a Mountaineer, even in practice, prior to today's start of camp.
At center, it could be junior college transfer Stone Underwood, expected to fight converted tackle Pat Eger for the job. Trickett could take the snaps and hand to Houston transfer Charles Sims, who has joined Andrew Buie, Dustin Garrison, Dreamius Smith and Wendell Smallwood in the deepest backfield the team has had in years. The passes could go to junior college receiver Ronald Carswell or freshman Shelton Gibson, among a deep list of other candidates.
Underwood, Trickett, Sims, Carswell and Gibson have yet to as much as walk onto the field for an official practice as Mountaineers.
"It will be interesting, won't it?'' Holgorsen said. "Believe me, I'm as anxious to see what happens as everybody else.''
The questions on defense are just as compelling. After fielding what was arguably the worst defense in school history in 2012, there is a new coordinator - Keith Patterson - and battles at virtually every position. The influx of unknown talent there is not as dramatic as on offense and there are plenty of returning starters, but given the performance a year ago no jobs can be considered safe.
All of that has combined to significantly lower expectations for the Mountaineers. They were chosen eighth out of 10 teams in the Big 12 in the league's preseason media poll.
While Holgorsen understands that - he's alluded to "no expectations whatsoever'' himself - he's also anxious to begin work to change that.
"It's impossible,'' he said when asked how to gauge what sort of team he might wind up with after August camp. "Since when do I care about preseason polls? Do we have a chance to win the Big 12? Absolutely. The sixth-place team [in the preseason poll, Kansas State] won it last year.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.