"It's tough to come in at center without any spring practice or a year under your belt,'' Holgorsen said of the 6-4, 285-pound Underwood. "Physically, the game is different here than what he's used to. And then you add the pressure of making calls and snapping, as well as the battle you have to play each and every snap. It's hard.
"He has a redshirt year that we may use, but we'll figure that out down the road. We moved him to guard because we needed another guard body on the second team and physically he's doing good things. He's making progress, but we felt like he would make more progress right now for us at guard rather than center.''
If the Mountaineers were to trot out the Monday lineups for the opening game Aug. 31 against William & Mary, the only offensive starters who were not at the top of the depth chart when fall practice began would be receivers Mario Alford and Ronald Carswell. Kevin White, expected to be a starting receiver, missed practice with an injury.
On defense, the biggest move has probably been by Georgia Military transfer Brandon Golson, who started at linebacker. Everyone else on defense was a veteran to some degree.
"I asked our team, 'How many of you guys know who this last guy was?' '' Holgorsen said. "About 10 to 15 percent of our team raised their hand. I go, 'You gotta be kidding me?' Eighty-five percent of our team didn't know who Bear Bryant was? We've just got to educate them.''
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