"Malik Greaves is going to redshirt," said the coach.
Greaves hit WVU in the spring after turning down Auburn and Wisconsin.
Holgorsen took a breath to say "redshirts can get pulled," then continued.
"Eli Wellman is going to redshirt," he said. "Jacky Marcellus is going to redshirt. Stone Underwood, [Marcell] Lazard, [Tyler] Tezeno, [Grant] Lingafelter, all those guys are going to redshirt. Which means the program is in pretty good shape depth-wise. If you can get all those guys to develop for a year - and not burn a year - you're in pretty good shape."
Wellman was WVU's lone 2013 Mountain State scholarship signee. It was hoped Underwood, a junior college transfer, could at least provide depth at center. Lazard, an offensive lineman, turned down Florida, Miami, Michigan and Ohio State to sign with the Mountaineers. Tezeno, another offensive lineman, turned down LSU.
Linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton?
"He's right now planning on redshirting."
The news continued to gush.
"Shaq Petteway had surgery Friday [on his left knee]," said the coach.
Petteway was sort of a wild card for defensive coordinator Keith Patterson, who was toying with making Petteway an inside linebacker in the spring.
Holgorsen cut loose of more injury updates.
"Nana [Kyeremeh] is recovering well [from shoulder surgery]," said the coach. "Adam Pankey is progressing ahead of schedule. He'll probably not play this week, but he's progressing pretty good."
Through spring Kyeremeh had been manning one of the starting cornerback positions. The knee injury to Pankey, a 6-5, 323-pound redshirt freshman, was seen as a blow in the spring.
Holgorsen spoke of the freshmen scheduled for playing time.
"Daryl Worley, Jeremy Tyler, Marvin Gross, Daikiel Shorts and Wendell Smallwood are technically true freshmen that we're anxious to get out there," Holgorsen said.
Worley and Tyler, both safeties, are surprises, if you go by recruiting resumes. Ditto receiver Shorts and running back Smallwood.
"Not as many freshmen are on [the depth chart] as last year," Holgorsen said. "If you remember, we had eight to 10 freshmen defensively.
"Can't wait to see those guys get out there and see what they've got. See which guys are going to respond to a game atmosphere: 65,000 in the stands and national TV."
Likewise, it will be interesting to see receiver Ivan McCartney, who left the team and returned. If you remember, McCartney was once one of WVU's most highly regarded signees and compared himself to a cross between his cousin, Chad Johnson, and Andre Johnson, former and current NFL stars.
"[McCartney has] had a good camp," Holgorsen said. "He's been able to maintain relative health, which has always been one of his issues. Has he had sore limbs over the last three weeks? Yes. Has he let that stop him? No. And that's different than the way it was the first two years I was here."
It was an informative, refreshing Holgorsen press conference - even when the coach was speaking of a sore subject: the lack of production at slot receiver.
"Jordan Thompson is healthy and will play," Holgorsen said. "Mario [Alford] is getting better and will play. Devonte Mathis has impressed me in the last week and a half and will play. So we have four guys that can go to inside receiver and play.
"But the deeper we are at running back the more we like using two backs or three backs or two backs and two tight ends, or two backs and one tight end, or a running back, H-back and tight end ... There's a whole bunch of stuff we can put in the game that takes away snaps from the inside receivers. It takes away from the importance of being two deep at the inside receiver. It's more important to be two deep outside - which we aren't."
On this day what Holgorsen was, however, was candid. The tap was open.
Just in time for Saturday's opening day.
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.