MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - In the space of a few hours this afternoon, West Virginia will unveil both its new Nike uniforms and the rough draft of its 2013 football team.
Expect the uniforms to be far more polished than those who will eventually wear them.
West Virginia concludes its spring drills with the annual Gold-Blue game at 2 p.m. at Mountaineer Field. It is the 15th and final practice of the spring and, as usual, far from resembling an actual game it is likely to resemble a glorified practice.
To listen to coach Dana Holgorsen, the Mountaineers can use as many of those practices as they can get.
"We're getting closer,'' said Holgorsen, preparing for his third season as the WVU coach. "We've done a lot of teaching and a lot of evaluating. But we have a long way to go on all three sides of the ball.''
A week ago, Holgorsen finally made known his depth chart, but with a warning that it was merely the status for that day. Judging by that, though, there will be plenty of position battles to watch today.
For instance, at wide receiver, where Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey departed as two of the leading pass-catchers in school history, the top six players include two who arrived in school just in January - junior college transfer Kevin White and freshman Daikiel Shorts. And a walk-on, Conner Arlia, is listed ahead of one of last year's most talked-about newcomers, Jordan Thompson.
Over on defense, players seemingly have been shifted around on a daily basis by new defensive coordinator Keith Patterson and a revamped staff that includes two new secondary coaches, Tony Gibson and Brian Mitchell.
It's all in an effort to find the right mix, a process that certainly won't be concluded today. With that in mind, it's difficult for Holgorsen even to form much of an opinion on his team.
"We're not prepared to name any starters and, in my mind, I'm not prepared to figure out what type of team we will have yet,'' Holgorsen said. "I do like the attention and focus that these guys have been playing with. When they come in, they're eager to learn.