Holgorsen will start trying to do that this week against Georgia State by shaking up the receiving corps. When the teams play Saturday at Mountaineer Field (noon kickoff on Root Sports), junior college transfers Kevin White, Ronald Carswell and Mario Alford will be the starting receivers. They replace veterans Ivan McCartney and K.J. Myers, along with freshman Daikiel Shorts.
He is also pretty much holding open tryouts at quarterback, where Paul Millard, Clint Trickett and Ford Childress will all practice this week. But even he doesn't know how he will handle trying to rep three quarterbacks.
"We'll see how their attitude is at meetings, we'll see how they look in [practice] warm-ups,'' Holgorsen said. "We can't put two of them out there at once. We've got to call somebody's name and they've got to go out and we've got to see how they do.
"The difference in where we're at now is Ford will rep, where he hasn't repped for the last three weeks.''
The difference in the offense, Holgorsen said, is more than just the absence of three NFL-caliber playmakers. There are also minor issues with execution that turn into major ones in an offense where inches matter.
Take the Oklahoma game, again. The Sooners brought pressure constantly and Holgorsen tried to combat it with a play set that is tailor-made to exploit over-enthusiastic pass rushers - screen passes. But whether it was a misfire by Millard or a failure to make a catch or a play after the catch, few of them worked like they could have worked.
"It was something different on each one,'' Holgorsen said. "And that's my responsibility. That's me. That's coaching. It's my responsibility. We've got to continuously try to get guys in positions to make plays, but we've got to rep it and coach it. Those minor little details we were missing on every one of them, we've got to coach it better in order to get it accomplished.
"Again, it goes back to offensively we have the potential to be better than last year. Now, does that mean we're better than last year or we're going to be better than last year? No. It just means that we've got the potential to be.''
That has to be maddening. Thus, Holgorsen was asked if he felt good about the fact that the offense seems to have that dreaded potential or bad that the execution isn't matching the opportunities.
"I feel like crap right now,'' Holgorsen said.
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