MORGANTOWN - Cleaning out a crowded notebook and a cluttered mind with two-thirds of West Virginia's 15 spring football practices now in the books:
Ivan McCartney will never be included on a list with, oh, Bobby Sabelhaus and Jason Gwaltney, but after his first two seasons folks are still waiting to see the breakout from a recruit with a national rep. (Recall that McCartney played in the U.S. Army All-America game after his senior season at Miramar High School.)
There was just the one catch as a freshman and, while he pumped that up to 49 for 585 yards last season, he's still in the considerable shadows of Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
Truth be told, perhaps much of what has somewhat dulled McCartney's progress has been his own work ethic, or at least the perception of that work ethic by his coaches. Maybe that's changing, though.
No, McCartney isn't making any great impression this spring and has been sidelined for much of it with a hamstring issue. But this from Dana Holgorsen seems to indicate McCartney is making progress, not just with his injury, but his attitude.
"He's still limited, but at least he's trying,'' Holgorsen said. "I questioned that for a few days.''
Take Donovan Miles, for instance.
"If it means something to them as seniors then they are probably going to give you a little bit more,'' Holgorsen said. "Last go around.''
For Miles, it's the first go-around, too, at least at a new position. When Matt Lindamood elected to retire rather than undergo more punishment to his battered body, Miles was asked to move from linebacker to fullback. In his fifth year, Miles still wasn't likely to see much action on defense, but at fullback he has a chance.