MORGANTOWN - Through six of West Virginia's 15 spring practices, Dana Holgorsen is ready to say that the installation of his offense is further along here than it was at similar points in previous stops at places like Houston and Oklahoma State.
As for what that might mean as far as what Gold-Blue game attendees might expect to see on the 15th of those practices on April 29, well, that's not quite clear.
"How many people will be here?'' Holgorsen asked. "We've got to make those people happy, so hopefully we can take snaps. Hopefully we can get the snaps, we can complete some balls and we can block some people to where we can get some first downs.''
Well, chances are that Holgorsen hopes for more than just that, but for right now West Virginia's first-year offensive coordinator and 2012's head coach is happy just to see some progress.
"I think we're a little ahead of schedule," Holgorsen said after Saturday's full-padded workout. "We've made some adjustments with how we install it over the last couple of stops. So, I think the adjustments we've made make a little more sense to the guys to the point where they're picking it up probably a little bit quicker than where I've been."
All of that translated into a solid offensive performance against West Virginia's rebuilding defense at times Saturday during a workout in front of a few hundred high school coaches attending the school's annual two-day coaching clinic.
Still, there is a long way to go, and Holgorsen isn't anxious to rush things.
"It's real spotty," Holgorsen said. "We'll try to get a little bit better every period, but it's incredibly spotty and it will continue to be for quite a while."
Holgorsen is reaching the point that he is able to form some opinions on individual players that he had never seen work until two weeks ago. Returning starter Geno Smith and freshman Paul Millard have the best grasp of the offense from the quarterback position.
"I'm pleased with what [Smith's] body language is and he bounces around pretty good. The guys look to him and if it's not going great then he's the guy that's going to be able to get them going on the right track," Holgorsen said. "So the way he's communicating with guys and the way his bounce is and his body language is pretty good at this point."