Regardless of the pecking order on the depth chart, Holgorsen said everyone is likely to get an opportunity. He can't afford to allow anyone to wither away on the bench because at that position they all could be needed. It was just two years ago that West Virginia appeared to have seven running backs in August and by the end of the season every one of them had been injured or transferred. Last year the Mountaineers tried to count on Shawne Alston as a go-to back and he spent much of the season injured, while Garrison was slow recovering from knee surgery.
"We feel like we're in pretty good shape at running back,'' Holgorsen said. "If the last couple of years have shown anything [it's that] you're going to need more than one, that's for certain. We feel pretty good about the depth at that position. We'll line those guys up and see who gets the hot hand and try to get him the ball as much as we can.''
In truth, none of those winners of the competitions are a surprise because the coaches wanted to split the kicking duties up as much as possible to keep everyone fresh.
"It's kind of the way we wanted it to work out,'' Holgorsen said. "But they had to prove it and win the jobs. And they all have.''
"He does have a redshirt year, so this will serve as that,'' Holgorsen said. "It's just like Nana had a redshirt year. Those are the two guys we lost during camp.''
The only really new member of the broadcast team is Jeff Culhane, who comes from working for IMG at Nebraska and will host the pregame, halftime and postgame shows. Contributors are Dale Wolfley and Amanda Mazey, both of whom have worked for the Mountaineer Sports Network in the past.
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