"In hindsight, I wish we'd forced the envelope on it a little bit earlier,'' Holgorsen said. "In camp we tried, but he just didn't pick up on it. But the more he played, the more he was here, the better he's gotten. So we're going to play him. And if there's any other freshmen that step up this week, we'll play them.
"I said it from the very beginning, I don't care who you are, you're going to play [when ready]. I don't know what this puts our freshmen total at, but it's a lot higher than it's probably ever been.''
For the record, Copeland was the 11th true freshman to play in the season's first six games.
"He's been getting better and better every week and we got him in the game because we didn't like what we were looking at,'' Holgorsen said. "So we made the decision to play him. We almost made the decision to put Devonte Robinson in there. I probably wish I would have.''
The addition of Copeland or Robinson, though, might be easy to overstate. They play a high-profile position in West Virginia's pass-heavy offense, so they will naturally draw some attention. But Holgorsen was also quick to point out that his team's offense still ranks among the most productive in the country.
"I don't know if he's going to be the savior,'' Holgorsen said. "It's not like our offense is that broke. I mean, we've been OK this year.''
The only injury situation Holgorsen would address specifically was that of cornerback Brodrick Jenkins. He won't play this week because of a slight cartilage tear.
"He'll be back, but he's out this week,'' Holgorsen said.
Everyone else - including Bailey, guard Jeff Braun, defensive end Will Clarke and running back Shawne Alston - is listed as day-to-day by Holgorsen.
Also, two freshmen are listed as backups at cornerback. Ricky Rumph, 5-foot-10, is listed behind Jenkins and took Jenkins' spot last Saturday, while Nana Kyrehmeh is listed behind starter Pat Miller.
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