MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Last week at the Big 12's preseason football media days, Dana Holgorsen said that choosing the best quarterback for his West Virginia football team would be a process that could take anywhere from a day to 21/2 weeks.
Well, a day has passed.
And no, not yet.
"Not today,'' Holgorsen said Thursday.
Yes, the third-year head coach saw some things he liked about his football team, which held its first practice Thursday afternoon. He lauded its energy level and its attitude, although to expect anything less on the first day would be silly.
"They were excited and all that, blah, blah, blah,'' he said.
He liked his team's conditioning, referring to conditioning as "phenomenal.''
He even liked watching last year's much-maligned defense take its first steps, so much so that later he bristled at a questioner who mentioned 2012.
"We're not going to talk about last year's defense,'' he said. "Everyone knows what it was.''
But the quarterback situation? Well, that's simply going to take some time, he said. After just one day of watching holdovers Paul Millard and Ford Childress and Florida State transfer Clint Trickett, there's really not much to see.
"They have the ability to run the offense and throw the ball, but we're not moving the ball. We're just running plays,'' Holgorsen said. "No matter if it's a good play or a bad play, we're just moving on to the next one.
"We'll do three days where there's no consequences for any of the actions, whether it's a good play or a bad play. We're just running plays right now to get all the offense installed. Then we'll get into more situational stuff, where they've got to understand what the situation is and get us in better plays.
"That's when I'll start judging whether they can be the guy or not.''
Holgorsen, of course, has seen plenty of Millard and Childress - the former as Geno Smith's backup the last two seasons and the latter in a full redshirt year of practice. Trickett he'd not seen until Thursday except on film.
"He's good. He's seasoned. He doesn't get nervous,'' Holgorsen said of the 6-foot-3, 185-pound junior transfer. "You can tell that he's got some game experience, but right now he's got the look where he looks at me on the sideline and just stares through me because it's not automatic, which is to be expected.