"He's got to come in and beat an experienced Paul Millard out, who has taken more reps than anybody on our campus,'' Holgorsen said. "He's taken 50 percent of the reps for a long, long time in practice. So he knows the offense better than anybody.
"And then you've got Ford Childress, who's going to continue to get better and better. He may have more potential than any of the other guys. He's just young, with four years remaining.''
Millard and Childress, of course, have had their chances to impress Holgorsen, and neither wowed him during 15 spring practices, which might at least indicate that Trickett will get a harder look than the others as soon as camp begins on Aug. 1, a week from Thursday. All Holgorsen really knows about the son of former WVU offensive line coach Rick Trickett is what he's seen on film from his spot duty at Florida State.
"What I saw on tape more than anything that stood out was durability,'' Holgorsen said of the rather lanky, 6-foot-3 Trickett. "Everybody thinks he's not durable because he's thin, but I saw some guys from [Oklahoma] and some guys from Clemson hit that kid about as hard as anybody's ever been hit and he jumped up and was right back in the middle of it. He's a tough kid who understands the game of football.''
Holgorsen said there is no plan on when to name one of them the starter.
"As soon as one of them separates himself from the others, the sooner the better,'' he said. "That may take a day. It may take 21/2 weeks.
"But I like where we're at with it and I look forward to getting there and being able to coach them. I'm not going to put a timetable on it. When one of those guys steps up, we're going to name the starter and move forward with reps.''
So far, it appears that of the 25 players WVU signed as freshmen or junior college transfers, Mario Alford, Brandon Golson, Darrien Howard, Dontrill Hyman and Isaac McDonald are the only ones who have to dispense with all enrollment issues. That's a significant list, though, given that those are some of the players considered at the top of the recruiting class.
And, as almost always happens, NCAA clearinghouse issues can always crop up when least expected. Players have been known to begin practice and then have to be pulled. But Holgorsen said he and his staff will always try to make sure that every possible contingency has been looked into because once a player begins practice he counts against the school's scholarship numbers.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.