"The first three weeks of camp we're going to treat it like spring practice. We're going to try to get better at what we do offensively, defensively and special teams,'' Holgorsen said. "And then it switches to game week after that and then it's all about who we play. The first one's Marshall, so that's the only one we're worried about.''
The Mountaineers return the bulk of their offensive players, although playmakers Noel Devine and Jock Sanders are gone, along with two starting offensive linemen. One of those is left guard Josh Jenkins, who will sit out the season after July knee surgery.
But quarterback Geno Smith returns, along with receivers Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Tyler Urban and Brad Starks. The offensive line has been rebuilt and shuffled around and there is a deep stable of tailbacks and fullbacks.
On defense, seven full-time starters are missing, but there are headliners like ends Bruce Irvin and Julian Miller, cornerback Keith Tandy, safety Terrence Garvin and linebacker Najee Goode.
Holgorsen will also take a look at some talented freshmen who have a chance to play right away.
But the main idea is to take what was taught in the spring and refine it in the time available.
"It's about practicing enough to where they understand it and then how the team meshes together to the point where we can win games,'' Holgorsen said. "We need to practice the next three weeks to get better as an offense, better as a defense, better as special teams. And then we'll use the remaining 10 days to get ready to beat Marshall.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.