MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen has a certain degree of empathy for the coaches in the Big 12 going through quarterback struggles this fall.
It's not something to which he could have related throughout most of his coaching career. Until this season, Holgorsen had never been a head coach or a coordinator with a team that had to deal with multiple quarterbacks. He'd never lost one to injury, even for so much as a single game.
Now, not only is he going through it, but so is almost everyone else in the league, it seems.
"It just kind of went into a cycle,'' Holgorsen said. "Everybody was playing with very experienced quarterbacks last year that remained healthy. And this year it seems like everybody is kind of juggling them, one, to try to find answers and, two, to try to keep them healthy. Texas Tech's dealing with it, we're dealing with it, TCU's dealing with it, Texas has dealt with it, Kansas State has dealt with it.
"Until guys get established and healthy, that's just the reality of college football.''
What other teams are dealing with, however, isn't much of a concern to Holgorsen as he prepares West Virginia (3-3, 1-2 Big 12) for Saturday's noon home game against No. 16 Texas Tech (6-0, 3-0).
"We can only worry about ourselves,'' Holgorsen said. "Unfortunately, about the time we settle on somebody, then he gets hurt and we've got to put somebody else in there.
"But that's not an excuse. We've got to get whoever's going to be our quarterback this week, we've got to get him prepared to play and get them to where they're playing at a higher level than what we've gotten out of them.''
So just where does Holgorsen stand on his quarterbacks after a bye week?
"Hopefully we're in better shape this week than we were last week with it,'' Holgorsen said.
It would be hard not to be in better shape.
Clint Trickett, who has started the past two games, took all of the bye week off to rest his sore throwing shoulder, injured first in a win over Oklahoma State and then battered even more during a pummeling at Baylor.
Ford Childress, the starter for the two games before that, was able to take more practice reps than he has since injuring a pectoral muscle against Maryland.