That would indicate Holgorsen does need more depth. It would indicate his team needs to be in better shape.
But there's a wrinkle to the argument. One that proves to be good news both for WVU fans and the Mountaineer players.
It is that Holgorsen did a nice job last year of preparing WVU for its new conference home.
See, while the Big East average was 135.7 snaps and the Big 12 average was 143.3, the Mountaineers averaged 144.6. They averaged 73.8 on offense and 70.8 on defense.
But remember from where Holgorsen hails. Texas Tech had the highest average of offensive plays last season in the country at 82.6. The Big 12, in fact, had the only three teams to average at least 80 offensive plays. The others: Oklahoma (80.9) and departing Texas A&M (80.3).
No. 4 in the Big 12 was Holgorsen's last haunt, Oklahoma State, which averaged 75.9 offensive plays, while allowing a league-worst average of 83.8 on defense.
So one can understand why the Mountaineer coach is focused on depth. One can understand why he'd seek additional fitness from his defenders.
Of course, not all of WVU's freshmen will play. Quarterback Ford Childress, even before his legal troubles, was ticketed for a redshirt. Also, there is an offensive lineman - junior college transfer Mark Glowinski - who could play.
But if Holgorsen really intends to play all other newcomers except the offensive linemen, keep tabs on how they fare when fall drills roll around. If you take highly regarded offensive lineman Tyler Orlosky, as well as Childress, out of the mix, those to watch include top-rated recruit Deontay McManus (receiver), Sam Lebbie (linebacker), Devonte Mathis (receiver), Will Johnson (tight end/receiver), Travares Copeland (receiver), Christian Brown (defensive line) and Torry Clayton (running back). Close followers already know about the impact of Jordan Thompson and Karl Joseph.
How the newcomers help with depth - and how fit the veterans return - could prove key to the looming question.
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