MORGANTOWN - For the most part, the Gold-Blue spring game is a carnival.
This year, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen was the barker, standing on the field behind his quarterbacks.
It was rainy and cold. There were 12-minute quarters, then 10-minute quarters. Yes, one could see freshman Karl Joseph. Another freshman, Jordan Thompson, had the most catches with eight. The leading receiver in yardage, though, was Terrence Gourdine with 118 yards. Yes, that Terrence Gourdine.
But let's get away from the big top that was Milan Puskar Stadium on Saturday and address the big issues as WVU nears its first season in the Big 12.
Heading into spring, Holgorsen told me he wants a more consistently potent offense. On Saturday, it was anything but consistent. His take on the overall spring effort?
"Nobody's happy where you are after spring, just because you're playing so many different people," Holgorsen said on Saturday. "I know who the guys are that will be playing the majority of the snaps. The closer we get to a game, the more we'll hone in on it. That's when you kind of figure out if we're getting more consistent."
Quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital told me before drills that even though he's thrilled to have Geno Smith, he wanted him to work on getting the ball out quicker. It's been a focal point all spring.
On Saturday, Smith was 23-of-29 passing with one interception, two touchdowns and 281 yards passing. And he had a satisfied look concerning the quicker release.
"I've made tremendous improvement with that," Smith said. "I know where to go with the ball. I don't hesitate as much as I may have in the past. It's something, though, I have to keep working on - it's never going to be 100 percent great."
Josh Jenkins? He's been a big - 6-foot-4, 291-pound - concern after an MCL kneecap injury in last season's spring game.
"You don't know how excited I was when the game was over," Jenkins said after Saturday's game. "I went to my offensive line coach and said, 'Man, I can't believe I made it through spring and get to play next year.'"
The question, though, centers on how effectively he can play. On Saturday, he played well.
"I feel pretty good," Jenkins said. "I feel pretty healthy. I'm going to keep getting my leg stronger. I can get stronger. I'll keep focusing on that this summer.
"I don't think I lost much. I think I'm better. I had time to lift and get stronger and watch film and get used to the offense."
Another position of interest was tailback. No, that position isn't as important in Holgorsen's "Air Raid" attack, but a little explosiveness would help. Is Shawne Alston, the current starter, the answer? I can't say I'm sold.
"Very average day," Alston said after gaining 52 yards on 11 carries. "I'm disappointed in myself."