"I think it's perfect logic,'' Starks said. "You've got to go hard on the guys that I guess you think can help the team out the most. You set an example, I suppose.''
These days, Starks still isn't in the regular rotation of receivers, but the 6-foot-3, 193-pound former quarterback and Virginia all-state basketball player is getting more looks. His catches are generally later in the game, but more and more he sees a few plays earlier.
Last week he was even inserted as the second return man on kickoffs along with Tavon Austin.
Yet Starks swears he doesn't mind being picked on, if that was the case.
"Things got tough for me because of how hard I am on myself,'' Starks said. "It was tough, but I got through it.
"I think I was even harder on myself than they were. I just had to talk to family and friends and stay positive and not get down on myself. ... When times get tough, sometimes you want to pack it in. But not right now.''
Starks admits that through the injuries and everything else he didn't produce enough to warrant more consideration from an entirely new offensive coaching staff. They'd never seen him and didn't know what he could do and he wasn't on the field long enough to show them.
But he also knows as a senior he's going to be held up as an example.
"I think they expect more out of me and held me to a higher standard,'' Starks said. "I've got to deliver.''
And now that he is beginning to deliver, at least in spurts, even Holgorsen is noticing.
"He made a great catch,'' Holgorsen said of Starks' TD reception. "We've seen that out of him before. He's functioning well and he's practicing well. The more he does that, the more we play him in a game. His effort has been really good."
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.