MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The views from here, after sampling the opening of WVU's preseason football camp:
Holgorsen not only seemed more comfortable in his position as coach in Year 3, but, perhaps surprisingly, relaxed and confident in this team. It's almost as if he knows something those who picked his team eighth in the Big 12 do not.
As for Spain, well, all one can say is "wow." The left tackle, at 6-foot-5, 335 pounds, has obviously worked hard to become cut, rather than big. He's by far the most impressive returning player.
"Just huge," said right tackle Curtis Feigt. "And surprisingly athletic."
But it'll be interesting to see what happens with Darrien Howard and Isaac McDonald, both of whom are fighting NCAA Clearinghouse issues. Perhaps more interesting, however, is the plight of d'Vante Henry. Holgorsen said Henry is currently out with "personal issues." Word I've received in the past is Henry has the ability to start for the Mountaineers at spur this season.
"Right now," Feigt said, "we've been huddling after every play. The no-huddle is not there yet."
"It's just the way he's coaching a little more laid back," Feigt said. "He takes the time to coach us. Coach [Bill] Bedenbaugh expected you to understand it."
Crook has been working Spain No. 1 at left tackle with Nick Kindler behind him; Marquis Lucas No. 1 at left guard with healing Pat Eger No. 2; Tyler Orlosky No. 1 at center with Tony Matteo and Stone Underwood both No. 2; Mark Glowinski No. 1 at right guard with Russell Haugton-James and Brandon Jackson backing him up; and Feigt No. 1 at right tackle with Michael Calicchio No. 2.
Two notes from that. First, apparently the Eger experiment at center is over. Second, Calicchio is a 6-9, 325-pound redshirt junior transfer from C.W. Post. (Yes, the height and weight are correct.)