MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen wrapped up the camp portion of West Virginia's preseason football practice Saturday and the assumption is that after 19 practices spread over 17 days, he has a pretty good idea of who is going to play and who isn't.
He's not saying, of course, because on one hand he'd like to maintain a heavy level of competitiveness among his players and on the other he just doesn't like to divulge much about his team.
Let people - including opponents - find that out when the time comes.
The third-year head coach does, however, admit that when classes begin Monday and practice and meeting time is reduced, he'll for the most part know who his players are.
"You want to do it now,'' Holgorsen said as camp was winding down. "If we did it a week from now, I'd start to get antsy.''
There's a difference, though, between knowing who will play and knowing who will start. The 19 practices to this point have flushed out most of the answers about who will play. For instance, the offensive line has been pared down to roughly seven to nine bodies, five of whom will start. The linebacking corps is a deep group that could include as many as 12 or 13 players, but only four can play at a time.
The pools of contributors at those positions - and almost all others - have been established, but there is still time for players to make their mark.
"We're starting to build the depth chart,'' Holgorsen said. "The first thing is developing a two-deep, which we're pretty close to. Once you develop a two-deep, then you can let those guys battle it out for another week before you name starters.''
In reality, though, the starters don't matter that much, at least at most positions.
"Even when you go into the first game, there are specific positions such as quarterback and center that will have starters that will play the whole game,'' Holgorsen said. "But then there are other spots such as corner where you might want to have three players rotating. Just because you're not a starter doesn't mean you're not going to play a considerable amount.''
Based on comments by coaches and players and the very limited opportunities the media had to watch practice, most of the key players can be identified.
On offense, the line seems destined to include as starters Quinton Spain and Curtis Feigt at tackles, Marquis Lucas and Mark Glowinski at guards and Tyler Orlosky at center. Feigt is the only senior in the group, Orlosky the youngest (a redshirt freshman) and the primary backups appear to be Pat Eger, Nick Kindler, Tony Matteo and Russell Haughton-James.
The wide receivers are a deep group that seems to have Kevin White, K.J. Myers and Ronald Carswell at the top of the play list, followed perhaps by Ivan McCartney and Terrance Gourdine. Freshman Daikiel Shorts was in that group until a few days ago when he was moved to inside receiver, joining Mario Alford. Jordan Thompson and Devonte Mathis are also likely to see playing time. Dante Campbell could join the group, but he's been injured much of camp.