Curtis Feigt has started every game at right tackle, but when Spain was moved to guard, Nick Kindler took over at left tackle. Now Orlosky - who didn't even play two games after being replaced by Eger - is back in the mix because of Eger's injury, and Pankey continues to work himself back into playing form after his long layoff.
In other words, it's still a work in progress.
"Orlosky, Pankey, Marquise are young. They're going to keep improving,'' Holgorsen said. "In my opinion, [Curtis] Feigt and [Nick] Kindler need to get better. I think they took just a small step back last week and they know that and their challenge is to get out there and get better this week.''
Spain's performance against Kansas State was, of course, a bright spot. Long considered the lineman with the most potential, the 6-foot-5, 335-pound junior has not always lived up to the billing.
"He played physical and he played tough on every snap,'' first-year line coach Ron Crook said. "Now he has to be consistent and do that on every snap in every game.''
If he and the rest of the line do that, there seems little doubt things will improve. No, West Virginia isn't set everywhere else. The receivers are still inconsistent, the running backs seem to play in spurts and the quarterback situation has been a mess all year.
But at least some of that can be helped - or perhaps disguised - by better line play.
"You can have average receivers if you have a great offensive line,'' Holgorsen said. "I feel differently about the quarterback position. You need good quarterback play regardless if you have a good offensive line or a bad offensive line. The good quarterbacks can bail out a bad offensive line at times. I don't know if a great offensive line can bail out a bad quarterback.''
It would be interesting, though, to see what the offense could accomplish with some solid play up front. It could be one of the most important aspects involved as the Mountaineers attempt to win three of their last four games and become bowl eligible.
"It's still inconsistent. They're still learning to play together and still improving," Holgorsen said. "I am pleased with their effort and their attitude and their will to get better and continuously try to improve.''
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