Freshman walk-on Connor Arlia, a slot receiver from Weirton, broke his leg Saturday in a New Year's Eve ski jet accident during a team party.
"It happened to a kid who has been riding jet skis his whole life,'' Holgorsen said.
While Arlia's absence is of absolutely no consequence as far as Orange Bowl is concerned, Holgorsen said it was still a shame, not only for the player, but because he'd been improving. While the coaches used those early practices this month to get some of the younger players some reps, Arlia was making a move.
"He wasn't going to play a bunch, but he had put himself in a position where he had improved a lot,'' Holgorsen said.
Arlia was still in the hospital as of Sunday afternoon.
BRIEFLY: Garrison is still with the team, but he's already undergoing treatments for his knee injury. Holgorsen said Garrison's surgery will be scheduled after the team returns to Morgantown.
Garrison was among the first off the buses Sunday when the team arrived at Barry University for an afternoon practice in temperatures that approached 80 degrees. He got off the bus and began walking toward the training room carrying a set of crutches and was admonished by one of the trainers.
"Use the crutches, Dustin,'' she said. "Don't carry them.''
Childress, who threw for 3,588 yards, 47 touchdowns and just five interceptions this season in an offense similar to Holgorsen's, had some late feelers from both Texas and Texas A&M, but according to the Houston Chronicle told both he plans to honor his commitment to WVU.