Remember, Eger is a fifth-year senior who has played for three different line coaches.
By game's end, West Virginia had run 71 offensive plays and, with the exception of Orlosky, the center, no one had been overtaxed. Orlosky was never replaced, but given the complexities of the position - making both the snaps and the line calls - that's not surprising.
"It's different when you get somebody in there who isn't used to snapping the ball all the time and isn't used to making the calls,'' Orlosky said. "It's not easy to just switch guys in and out and do that.''
Switching everyone else, though, seemed to go off without a hitch. Aside from depth, line coaches are also always preaching the value of cohesion among offensive linemen, which is perhaps one of the reasons they tend to treat starters as iron men, so as not to disrupt the teamwork. But with the two subs, Eger and Kindler, being fifth-year seniors and among the most experienced linemen in the group, that didn't seem to be an issue.
Dana Holgorsen said the entire line still needs a lot of work, but it was a good start.
"You could tell there was some inexperience with the interior three. They need to be dominating in that situation,'' the Mountaineers head coach said. "They were at times. We talked to them about consistency and we talked about growing up and to quit using inexperience as an excuse.
"Pat Eger came in and gave us some experience with those three guys. That's why we put him in a variety of spots in the interior three. He'll bring that experience.''
And he, along with Kindler, will bring rested legs.
"Playing as many snaps as we do with a fast-paced offense, it's good to have guys with fresh legs in there,'' Eger said. "I mean, you always see the receivers running in and out, but usually it's the same five linemen. It's nice to keep your legs fresh during a game.''
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