MORGANTOWN - The way Jake Spavital figures it, all the consternation surrounding West Virginia's ongoing search for quarterback depth might be a bit overblown.
Yes, the Mountaineers began camp with only two quarterbacks on the roster. While they have added a couple of walk-ons since then behind Geno Smith and Paul Millard - if for no other reason than to throw practice passes and eventually run the scout teams - the situation is still not ideal.
Then again, from a purely living-in-the-moment perspective - today's practice is all that matters, then worry about tomorrow and then the next day - it's not as bad as it might seem.
"Right now I'm the third-string quarterback,'' Spavital said. "I'm in the training room a lot more than what Geno and Paul are right now.''
Indeed, Spavital has done his share of throwing in West Virginia's 14 practices to date. The load has lessened in recent days with the addition first of Ian Loy and then Michael Burchett, but the former Missouri State quarterback is still by far the most qualified of the three to execute an offense.
Then again, that's not why Dana Holgorsen has hauled around Spavital from Houston to Oklahoma State and then to West Virginia in the last three years and then this summer gave him the full-time job as WVU's quarterbacks coach.
"It started out with him being a hell of driver,'' Holgorsen said. "Then from there it progressed into just being a pretty good coach.''
He was joking. We think.
No, while Spavital, like all grad assistants, was assigned tasks such as chauffeur - the reason he drove Holgorsen at times can be left to your imagination, but Holgorsen insists it was "because he lived with me for a year'' - it was not the basis for hiring him to coach the most important position in Holgorsen's offense.
That happened because Spavital knows what he's doing and, just as importantly, he knows what Holgorsen wants.
"I'll be trying to get a script together and he's already got three-quarters of it put together,'' Holgorsen said. "It's a lot along the same lines of how I got hired at Texas Tech. I did that stuff for [Mike] Leach for three years and when Leach got his job he hired me. It's just how this profession works. You have guys underneath you that know how you work.
"Shannon [Dawson, WVU's inside receivers coach] is the same way. Shannon and I have been bouncing ideas off each other for quite a while and that's how he got a job. Everybody in this profession needs to have somebody that they are connected to in order to get hired.''