MORGANTOWN - For all of the questions remaining concerning West Virginia's offense and defense less than two weeks before the season, special teams might be just as uncertain.
No, it's not especially high profile, like picking a quarterback or weeding through what seems to be deep talent pools at running back and wide receiver. Nor is it as intriguing as finding out if changes made will have the desired - or any - effect on a wretched defense.
Remember, though, that West Virginia is also replacing Tyler Bitancurt. And it could take three players to do it.
While best remembered perhaps for his game-winning field goal against Pitt as a freshman and an unfortunate penchant for getting kicks blocked over the course of his career, Bitancurt also did something else last season that tends to be forgotten.
He was essentially the team's only kicker and punter. No one else attempted a field goal. Of WVU's 45 punts, he handled 32. He also kicked off 34 times.
Only Corey Smith had a real role in kicking the ball last season - punting 10 times and kicking off 59. But he's gone, too. The only player who recorded an official field goal, PAT, punt or kickoff who returns is Mike Molinari, whose primary job was to hold for placements. He also had a 31-yard punt.
That's it. That's all that returns.
If Dana Holgorsen is bothered by that, though, he hides it well. Perhaps it's because he has those more high-profile issues on offense and defense. Or perhaps he genuinely is comfortable with the brand new kicking game - redshirt freshman Josh Lambert placekicking, junior college transfer Nick O'Toole and Molinari punting, and those three battling for the kickoff job.
"I'm going to brag on those guys a little bit,'' Holgorsen said as camp was winding down. "Josh Lambert is doing well. ... Our punters are booming the ball. Nick O'Toole has a strong leg. Michael Molinari has done a great job punting and has also been doing a lot of kickoff stuff. And Huey [walk-on freshman punter Houston Syvertson] is doing great as well. He might have the strongest leg of all three.''
Throw in the job being done by his sophomore long-snapper - "John DePalma is light years ahead of where he was last year. That's a very under-appreciated position until they're not very good, but he looks very good,'' Holgorsen said - and all seems on schedule in the kicking game.