But there is a battle going on for the third linebacker spot between fifth-year senior Casey Vance and junior college transfer Josh Francis. The difference between the two is night and day. Vance is a 5-9, 222-pound, heretofore rather anonymous walk-on from Seneca Rocks who has built himself into a major-college football prospect. Francis is an athletic, 6-1, 221-pounder who wows with his speed.
"Casey Vance has been playing OK and you have a guy like Josh Francis behind him that is obviously way more talented,'' Holgorsen said. "But if he's not going in the right direction then you've got to play the other guy.''
"I don't have any impressions of them whatsoever right now,'' Holgorsen said. "We've started to get some of the looks in practice, but we haven't talked about them at all. We'll gradually start easing into some film, but mainly it's just the looks in practice. I haven't studied their personnel whatsoever.''
"That will definitely help our numbers from a practicing standpoint and a scout team standpoint to get a few more kids on the roster,'' Holgorsen said.
None, though, have donned a pad yet. They have to go through the same acclimatization process the full team went through at the beginning of camp - five days in a progression of shorts, shells and then full pads before contact work can begin.
In other words, Holgorsen doesn't know if any of them can play.
"The 20 we have are still in shorts,'' Holgorsen said. "I know there's a few of them who threw up.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.