Holgorsen's system is nothing like that, save for the speed of the game. He will always be, or so it seems, wed to multiple receivers meticulously reading defenses and a quarterback who can adapt on the fly. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Still, nothing precludes a strong running game from being an effective aid to Holgorsen's system. In fact, some of his best offenses over the years at Texas Tech, Houston and Oklahoma State had terrific run games.
And given the obvious trials he will have in attempting to seamlessly replace Geno Smith at quarterback, establishing and strengthening the run game isn't just a desire, it's a necessity.
And he knows it.
"That's one of the reasons Ron Crook was hired,'' Holgorsen said, referring to WVU's new offensive line coach. "It helps that he's a West Virginia guy, but the fact is he's pretty good at teaching those guys to come off the ball and smack people in the mouth. And we wanted to get better at that.''
And so much of the just-completed spring drills were aimed at just that. By the time fall arrives, the hope is that West Virginia will have an offensive line that can drive block and open holes, not just backpedal and protect the quarterback. And with Buie, Garrison, Smith and Smallwood - and Clay as an escort - there should be no shortage of backs with a variety of skills.
"I like where we're at at running back,'' Holgorsen said. "All four of those guys bring something different to the table.''
The question now is how much of an emphasis will be put on that run game. With three pass-game playmakers about to be chosen in the early rounds of this week's NFL draft and, at least for now, the most promising playmakers tied to the running game, the logical direction is to further develop what appears to be the offense's strength.
And in the spring, that's just what Holgorsen did.
"When you have a young team, you can't be good at everything,'' Holgorsen said. "You have to pick the things you want to work on and try to get good at that stuff.''
It will be interesting to see where that goes from here.
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