MORGANTOWN - If Dana Holgorsen's offense at West Virginia sputters and can't get into the end zone every once in a while, he has no real concerns over the Mountaineers' ability to salvage the possession with at least a field goal.
That despite a rather hideous display by WVU's two kickers in recent practices and scrimmages.
Tyler Bitancurt missed two tries inside 30 yards and Corey Smith had a similar kick blocked in last Friday's most recent scrimmage. Smith did manage to make a 49-yarder later in the scrimmage, but all in all the success rate this spring has not been good.
Blocks have been a particular concern.
Yet Holgorsen - perhaps because he has other fish to fry as West Virginia's offensive coordinator - doesn't seem concerned.
"It's an easy fix,'' he said this week. "Well, I can't say it's an easy fix for the guy that needs to make sure the ball goes through the uprights. But some of the block issues we've already addressed and we'll make sure they get fixed.''
Indeed, safety Terence Garvin has blocked a couple of kicks this spring and safety Qudral Forte may have blocked even more, at least according to Garvin.
"I think he's in the lead now,'' Garvin said.
Blocks were an issue a year ago, too, when Bitancurt had four swatted down, but apparently Holgorsen will be more concerned about accuracy, insisting that the blocks are correctable.
"That's the easy part,'' he said. "The hard part is making sure the guy kicks it through the uprights and I haven't really been paying much attention to it. We'll keep working on it.''
It's not a secret that the defense is ahead of the offense through 13 of West Virginia's 15 spring practices. No. 14 is scheduled for this morning and the last is the Gold-Blue game Friday night at Mountaineer Field.
But the defense still has a long way to go, not just with finding replacements for seven departed starters and depth behind them, but also with working on the different variations of the defense.
Some of that won't be done until August camp, though. The primary focus now is on the players, not the scheme.
"We'll still put a few more wrinkles in off our base, but the main thing is what we've been doing all spring, getting better fundamentally,'' said defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel. "Our communication has gotten progressively better, but we're still looking at the same things.''