MORGANTOWN - It seems a rather odd position for a rather lengthy break, much like West Virginia's upcoming football schedule itself.
On the latter, there's the opening game with Marshall on Sept. 1 and then quickly comes the first of two off weeks after barely breaking a sweat.
More immediately, there is the 12-day break in spring drills the Mountaineers just began following only six of the permitted 15 workouts. Only the four most recent were in full pads, so it hardly seems necessary to take a break.
Of course, the reason for the hiatus has nothing to do with football. Classes are not in session next week for the school's annual spring break, and that's the reason for the hiatus.
But there is at least one group that welcomes the time off. In fact, it couldn't come at a better time.
With only three quarterbacks on the roster of a team that throws the ball a lot, Geno Smith, Paul Millard and Ford Childress are already weary-armed. They haven't thrown consistently for several months, and to cram so many practice throws into a short period of time takes its toll.
"It's a perfect time, especially after watching [Thursday's] practice,'' quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital said of the break. "Geno, Paul and Ford's arms are pretty dead. We'll give them a good week to relax and then get back into next week.''
Actually, it won't be until the week after that. The team's next practice isn't until April 3, a week from Tuesday.
Of course, throwing so many passes in practice isn't anything new for Smith and Millard, who did much the same in spring drills and August camp a year ago. And Childress, who until December was still in high school in Houston, has never thrown this much in his life.
There's not even a walk-on quarterback around to help when the quarterbacks spend hours throwing to receivers in both individual drills and team work. Last year's No. 3 quarterback, Michael Burnett, a freshman who transferred in from Kentucky just before the start of school, left school at the semester break and will likely try to play at a lower level.
A year ago it got so tiring for the quarterbacks that some of the coaches - Spavital, receivers coach Shannon Dawson and head coach Dana Holgorsen - stepped into the rotation to throw to receivers.