MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Tuesday press conference of WVU football coach Dana Holgorsen began like many in the past.
News dripped. There was no news on the quarterback battle between Mountaineers Clint Trickett and Paul Millard. There was the obligatory coachspeak concerning opening opponent William & Mary.
Then something happened. Holgorsen opened up about his team perhaps like never before. For once, the news drip became an open spigot.
And it was refreshing.
As mentioned, Holgorsen touched on his prolonged QB battle, which has whittled but one: Ford Childress.
"We'll rep two [quarterbacks] this week," Holgorsen said. "Paul and Clint will get 50 percent of the reps. We'll still keep Ford ready to go. I feel good about having three quarterbacks we feel can get out there and play ball.
"Who is going to start? I don't know. Either Paul or Clint will start. The other one will play. Potentially, all three will play."
Then came the rush of news. And it began simply, with Holgorsen being asked about the health of receiver Kevin White.
"Injury report," Holgorsen said. "All right."
And off he went. If you've followed WVU preseason news you know all have raved about White. Yet when the latest depth chart was released, White, the junior college transfer, was No. 2 at the Z position behind K.J. Myers.
"Kevin White is questionable [for the William & Mary game]," Holgorsen said. "He's got a foot problem."
"Mario Alford is questionable. He's got a foot problem."
Alford, in case you're unaware, was expected to start the day he signed. One recruiting service ranked him the nation's No. 1 junior college receiver. He does not appear on the current depth chart. Later in the press conference, though, Holgorsen said Alford would indeed play on Saturday.
Then came the bombshell.
"Andrew Buie is redshirting," Holgorsen said.
While the move makes sense, it was still surprising. All Buie did last year was lead the Mountaineers in rushing with 851 yards and tied for the team lead in touchdowns with seven. (Hello, Charles Sims.)
"He had some decisions," Holgorsen said. "Some are decisions he made as well. Did we force him to [redshirt]? No. We felt it was in the best interest of him and in the best interest of the program."
Holgorsen added that Buie has "just got to develop mentally and physically, and we'll leave it at that. He's not going to play this year. I fully expect him to be ready to roll in the spring."
"Shelton Gibson is redshirting," said the coach.
Gibson was simply the gem of the most recent Mountaineer recruiting class. The Cleveland Heights, Ohio, receiver was set back early in camp with a knee issue. But he turned down Tennessee, Florida and Ohio State to join WVU.
"d'Vante Henry is redshirting," Holgorsen continued.
How highly regarded was Henry? There was a belief within WVU's inner circle that the 6-foot-5 linebacker just might start at the spur position this season. According to Holgorsen, though, the junior college transfer joined the team late because of "personal issues."
The updates came at a fast and furious pace.
"[Freshman safety] Isaac McDonald is another guy. Came in late and isn't ready to play," Holgorsen said. "[Linebacker] Darrien Howard is here now. Doesn't look like he's ready to play, but we haven't had him one day in pads yet. So I don't know where he's at."
Both were NCAA Clearinghouse cases. Howard was ranked the nation's No. 9 inside linebacker by ESPN.