MORGANTOWN - He really can't say much.
NCAA rules prohibit WVU strength and conditioning coach Mike Joseph to publicly discuss individual athletes. He can't list the seven recent newcomers to school and voluntary workouts, although football information director Mike Montoro could: Dante Campbell, Dustin Garrison, Russell Haughton-James, Marquis Lucas, Matthew Moro, Stephen Paskorz and Devon Brown. (The rest of the signees from last February are expected in this coming week.)
Joseph can't even tell new head coach Dana Holgorsen if a player misses a workout. They are, after all, voluntary. And that's technically a problem since Holgorsen and his assistants may not observe workouts.
A bit goofy? Yes.
"I think it's a bad thing when you look at the safety of athletes," Joseph said. "If we're really concerned about the safety of athletes, we should make sure they're in shape and physically prepared for August."
Joseph, though, can speak in general terms. And, generally, he's pleased with how the Mountaineers are performing this summer.
"Overall, we've had a very good start,'' Joseph said. "I think this summer has definitely been the hardest since I've been here.
"Every year, I try to be more challenging. [The players] are in my system now. For the seniors, this will be their fourth year. They are at the point where they know what I expect, the technique, the style of lifting, the tempo of lifting, the tempo of running ...
"They know my standards. And I know their strengths and weaknesses."
Joseph said "the percentage [of scholarship players working out in Morgantown] has been very good as a team."
Close followers of the team also know freshman signees Vernard and Vance Roberts, Avery Williams, Paul Millard and Brian Athey have been around since January.
How are they doing?
"I can tell you, as a group, I think we're doing good," he said. "As a defense, we're doing well. We have good leaders. I just can't talk about individuals."