He did so by giving his team time off after the Baylor game, practicing three days this week, and now will give the team a few more days off. They will resume work Monday, which is normally a day off from practice but isn't next week because classes are out of session both Monday and Tuesday.
"We need to prepare ourselves to play a good Texas Tech team,'' Holgorsen said of the unbeaten Red Raiders, who come to Mountaineer Field a week from Saturday. "We don't have school Monday and Tuesday so those will be good days to work some things out at the beginning of the week and then move forward.
"The coaches - the assistants and I - all have to keep improving. The players need to keep improving. And what we're seeing on the field offensively, defensively and special-teams-wise needs to keep improving.''
As does West Virginia's health. Obviously, that includes the quarterbacks. Clint Trickett, who started the last two games, has a sore shoulder. Ford Childress, the starter in the third and fourth games of the season, is still trying to come back from a pectoral muscle injury. Only Paul Millard, who was the starter the first two games, is healthy.
But the training-room list is long. Holgorsen said running back Dustin Garrison and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, who haven't played much or at all in at least the last two games (Garrison in the last three) should be healthy after the bye week. Offensive tackle Quinton Spain and receiver Ivan McCartney both have concussions.
This week is important to get guys back. Junior running back Dustin Garrison and redshirt sophomore Kwiatkoski are going to get strong enough this week to be able to practice next week. Sophomore cornerback Ricky Rumph left the game with a foot that he couldn't play on, but he will take this week and get healthy and will be ready next week. Redshirt junior Spain left the game with a concussion. He will be cleared this week and ready for practice next week. Senior wide receiver Ivan McCartney had a concussion and will do the same.
Rumph (foot) and Wes Tonkery (broken thumb) will be evaluated and receiver Mario Alford has a shoulder that could keep him out against Texas Tech.
"It's college football. Everyone is dealing with what we're dealing with,'' Holgorsen said. "We have to regroup and get healthier, which is what I expect to do. We need to prepare for Texas Tech.''
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