MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dana Holgorsen was talking Monday about the Maryland team that West Virginia faces Saturday in Baltimore. Specifically, he was addressing one of the biggest question marks surrounding the Terps right now.
In the first three weeks of the season, Maryland lost both its starting cornerbacks.
Fifth-year senior Dexter McDougle injured a shoulder a series after intercepting a pass and returning it for a touchdown in a win at Connecticut. It was McDougle's second pick of the game. Two weeks earlier, the Terps lost fourth-year junior Jeremiah Johnson to a broken toe. He led the team in pass break-ups last season.
"You've got to have quality depth, you've got to have guys that understand what their role is and when their number's called, they've got to jump in there and they've got to play,'' Holgorsen said. "It's just the nature of college football.
"I know Maryland's got good depth. They're well-coached and they've got a bunch of good athletes. The next guy that jumps in there, we expect them to be quality players as well.''
Well, Holgorsen could have been talking about his own team when it comes to depth and the need for backups to step up. And, in fact, he has been talking about it a lot lately.
Whether due to injuries or inconsistency or simply in an effort to shake things up, Holgorsen has reached into his bag of depth more than a few times in just three games this season. It's happened on defense, where the linebacking corps has been ravaged by injuries, and on special teams, where some of those same injuries have necessitated changes in kick teams and kick coverage.
And it's really happened on offense, where it seems every week brings another batch of changes.
Just last week, prior to a 41-7 win over Georgia State, Holgorsen changed his quarterback, center and all three receivers. He shuffles running backs and offensive linemen in and out of games on a regular basis.
Remember all the intrigue over the last few weeks of the preseason regarding who would start, especially at the skill positions? Well, turns out it didn't matter.
So far, Holgorsen has jettisoned his starting quarterback, his starting center and all three of his starting receivers. And that's after he had already relegated the team's leading rushers of the past two seasons to relative depth-chart purgatory.
And it's going to happen again. Count on it. There will almost certainly be another shake-up among the receivers, especially after the former starters for the most part outplayed the new ones against Georgia State.
And it seems as if Holgorsen actually couldn't be happier about it. He's got competition. And he likes it.