MORGANTOWN - West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen has spent as little time as he can worrying about where players fit on his team's depth chart the past two weeks. Now, though, he has no choice.
Most of the main decisions will come in the next couple of days. There's another week to go before it absolutely has to be settled.
"We don't want to go into the real game week having to rep three people at each position. You can't do it,'' Holgorsen said. "I don't mind repping three at each position [this] week, but then the next week we have to narrow it down to who will play.''
Saturday's practice marked the end of pre-classes camp and the players have today off from practice (although they will still lift and run) and then have Monday off when classes begin. So Holgorsen and his staff will do as much evaluation and depth chart work as possible in those two non-practice days.
"We'll work toward getting it settled on Tuesday,'' he said "We'll regroup and get it relatively in order for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.''
Much is being made of West Virginia's lack of experience in the secondary, particularly at cornerback. There are but two players, starters Pat Miller and Brodrick Jenkins, who have ever been under the pressure of playing the position in college.
Cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts, though, prefers not to look at his players and see experience vs. inexperience.
"It's not a concern to me because I'm looking for guys that can cover the deep ball downfield,'' Roberts said. "They can be 12 or 21 years old. I don't care. If they can cover the deep ball, they're going to get a chance to play.''
Two of those freshmen continue to stand out above the rest with a chance to do that.
"The young guys, especially Nana [Kyeremeh] and Rick [Rumph], have shown us some things,'' Roberts said. "We haven't been in a real game environment with 65,000 people, but I haven't seen either one of them have a situation get too big for them. With each practice, they've shown they can handle a heavy load.''