MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen misspoke one day earlier this week, and in doing so, perhaps explained in a nutshell what he is convinced is West Virginia's most significant offensive problem this season.
It was nothing new, really, but it was telling.
"We just don't have the skill players,'' Holgorsen said while explaining something completely different, specifically the importance of the offensive line play.
Don't have the skill players? Isn't that what this offense is all about?
"I probably phrased that wrong,'' Holgorsen said later. "We haven't had guys develop yet.''
There is a difference, of course.
"I'm very comfortable with the bodies that we have,'' Holgorsen said. "They're going to develop.''
The problem, though, is that nine games into the season - the 10th is Saturday night's home game with Texas - that development isn't what Holgorsen had hoped it would be. For whatever reason, it has been slow.
And the truth is, Holgorsen has seldom, if ever, had to deal with that. Not at Texas Tech or at Houston or Oklahoma State or even at West Virginia, where he inherited the likes of Geno Smith, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
"In the past, I've always been fortunate to have guys that have been developed,'' he said. "You develop them and then you lose guys and you plug guys in that have been developed for a year or two. We're just not there yet.
"We've not had our hands on these specific guys long enough to develop them.''
Part of that, of course, is Holgorsen's doing. He's been at West Virginia through two full recruiting cycles and part of another, but until the most recent one he didn't really come up with many players who have earned the right to play.
And so in this, his third season, he's working with players at virtually every skill position who have been on campus less than a year and, in some cases, only a few months.
Consider that five of the top seven receivers, according to the team's stats, are first-year players as either freshmen or transfers - Daikiel Shorts, Charles Sims, Kevin White, Ronald Carswell and Mario Alford. And Carswell isn't even in the mix anymore, having been suspended for the rest of the season.