LAWRENCE, Kan. - Like more and more of the assistants Dana Holgorsen has hired in the past year - namely state natives and former aides come to roost - JaJuan Seider has a frame of reference when it comes to West Virginia football.
For instance, Seider's memory is still good enough to recall that when he arrived as a freshman quarterback at WVU in 1995, the Mountaineers were loaded at one particular position - running back.
It's kind of like the Mountaineers are loaded there now. Again. And with Seider as their position coach.
"I haven't seen this kind of depth since we came here in what, 1995?'' Seider said the other day after West Virginia had added even more depth to that corps of running backs. "We had Amos Zereoue, Alvin Swoope, Curtis Keaton, Robert Walker, Jimmy Gary; all of them. That was a loaded room.''
We bring that up today because, while the Mountaineers are just three weeks away from the start of spring practice and don't have a quarterback or even a full complement of coaches, boy do they seem to have some running backs.
It's an even deeper group than last year. And remember, last year the Mountaineers' leading rusher from the season before left school for a semester and the leading rusher from the year before that was redshirted. And still WVU produced its first 1,000-yard rusher since Noel Devine.
Yes, that 1,000-yard rusher, Charles Sims, is gone after his one-and-done post-graduate transfer year. And he will be missed, for sure. If nothing else, Sims' attitude and work ethic was infectious, and because of that he made everyone around him better.
"I think the guys that played with Charles learned from just that,'' Seider said of being around Sims for the brief five months he was on campus. "It was just the way he carried himself.''
But even with Sims gone, it is still pretty amazing what the Mountaineers still have: