MORGANTOWN - There's plenty of competition for almost every spot during the West Virginia spring football practices that began with a warm afternoon workout on Sunday.
It was apparent, though, during the brief window that the first of the 15 practices was open to the media that there is very little competition in one area - kicking specialists.
There is one real kicker in camp. There is one punter. There is one long-snapper and there is one holder.
And only three players combine to hold down those four positions. There aren't even any real backups for special teams coach Joe DeForest to sift through.
"We've got guys that are going to get a lot of individual attention from coach DeForest,'' head coach Dana Holgorsen said. "We'll see where we end up with that.''
It won't be this way forever, of course. Between walk-ons and scholarship recruits who will arrive in the summer, there will be competition for most of the jobs.
But for the spring, it's pretty much up to Josh Lambert, Mike Molinari and John DePalma to work on their own.
At Sunday's first practice, Lambert handled almost all the kicking during the field goal-PAT session. And judging by his kicks on the first day, he might be up to the task of replacing four-year starter Tyler Bitancurt. Lambert, a 6-foot-1, 199-pound freshman who redshirted last fall, got ahold of nearly every kick he tried Sunday.
"Yeah,'' he said walking off the field. "I was hitting them pretty good.''
Lambert's holder for his kicks was Molinari, who is the incumbent in that job. Molinari was the only other player who attempted kicks Sunday when he and Lambert traded places for two kicks.
Molinari is also the heir apparent as the punter. He has some experience there, sharing the job on and off with Bitancurt and Corey Smith the last two years.
DePalma is also an incumbent as the long snapper.