MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen will wait a few days before deciding on whether Dustin Garrison will play Saturday when West Virginia opens its season against Marshall.
The sophomore running back and last year's team rushing leader had major knee surgery in January and, although he practiced for most of the preseason, will be evaluated this week and perhaps for several more before a final decision is made.
"It depends on how he practices this week,'' Holgorsen said Tuesday. "We've settled on Shawne [Alston] being the starter for some time, so Shawne will start and Ryan Clarke will be the bigger back that we put in there. [Andrew] Buie's been practicing really well.
"Dustin hasn't had as many snaps over the last seven months, so we'll continue to practice him. It's a long season, and if he's not ready to go this week, then we'll reevaluate it next week. That's just something that we're continuously doing.''
Garrison isn't the only player facing a possible redshirt decision. Perhaps as much as half of the true freshman recruiting class is on the border between playing and redshirting.
Holgorsen said he expects as many as 10-15 true freshmen to play, but that could change either up or down.
"We're still evaluating,'' he said. "We'll do the travel squad and dress list [tonight]. We may make some decisions on guys that won't dress and if they don't dress, we're probably planning on redshirting them. If we do dress them, they are the guys we just know that we're going to put into games.
"We still might try to redshirt them, but based on availability, if we need them, we'll play them. After the first couple of games, if guys haven't gotten in the game, then we'll probably quit dressing them unless it's an emergency situation.''
Two players who will definitely dress are starting safeties Terence Garvin and Darwin Cook.
That seemed like it might be a question mark back in the winter when the two were charged with shoplifting at a local Sheetz store, but Holgorsen said the two have long made amends and proven themselves.