Rigg isn't just automatically assured a spot in the lineup.
"Now his job is to play better than the guys in front of him,'' Holgorsen said. "Do you lose your starting job to an injury? It depends on how you play once you get back. We're going to play the guys that are playing the best. Whether it's because of an injury or because of performance or because someone got better and beat you out, whatever it is, we're going to hold you accountable for your actions.''
In a similar vein, Holgorsen and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh have given Quinton Spain every chance to earn his way into the lineup, playing him at both tackle and guard in recent weeks. He played for right tackle Pat Eger in part of the game against Connecticut two weeks ago, but Holgorsen said Eger will likely still be the starter tonight.
"We put Spain in because we didn't think that Eger was playing very well. Eger came back and has done a little bit better, so we'll probably start him,'' Holgorsen said. "If one of those guys is not playing up to par, then we'll put Quinton Spain in there.
"He could go at right guard or right tackle. We'll keep him on the right side, because that's where he's been practicing since camp started. We could possibly move him to left tackle, and he's played at left guard, but that's not fair to do to a young kid. We'll do what we have to, to get the best players out there.''
Holgorsen was asked earlier this week about discipline. For example, if a player is late for a meeting, what's the punishment?
He hedged a bit and smiled some.
"If you have a good reason and call ahead of time, it's fine,'' he said. "If they're coming late from a class, we'll make it work.''
He hedged because he was late himself to a Sunday meeting after spending time on the road recruiting.
"We had technical difficulties on an airplane from Chicago, so it wasn't my fault,'' he said. "We left with a wide margin for error, and I was late by 30 seconds."
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.