"We handled that a long time ago. We've had lots of talks with them and lots of early-morning workouts with them to see if they wanted to be here, and they've done everything that they've been asked to do,'' Holgorsen said.
"They're guys with a lot of experience that have been stepping up in the front lines and two of the guys that we're counting on to be leaders of this defense, let alone the football team. I'm proud of how those guys responded and they've done everything we've asked them to do.''
After going eight months without a game and then finally opening this weekend, the Mountaineers then have another week off. They don't play again until the Sept. 15 game with James Madison in Landover, Md.
Holgorsen would rather it not be that way, but accepts it.
"That's just part of switching conferences. It's not ideal, but we know how to handle an off week. Everybody has off weeks,'' he said. "However the game goes, good or bad, we'll come in Sunday, watch it and get it over with. We'll practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we'll go out recruiting on Friday and Saturday. That's pretty much how all off weeks are, so we'll be able to get out next week and watch high school football games.''
Holgorsen was asked Tuesday if he'd found any more depth behind starting receivers Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, J.D. Woods and Jordan Thompson.
"Not really,'' he said. "We have four starters and we'll roll people in. Ivan [McCartney] has done better, K.J. Myers has done better and Dante Campbell has done better. We still have four or five freshmen that we're evaluating.''
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