MORGANTOWN, WVa. -- With just five days remaining in the pre-classes portion of West Virginia's fall camp, Dana Holgorsen says he's not made any decisions in regard to the myriad position battles that are being waged.
Well, that's probably not entirely true. After all, it was just a few days ago that Holgorsen said he hadn't decided on a starting quarterback and that even when he does, "I don't know if I'll tell you or not.''
It's logical to assume that other positions will be treated the same.
Still, he does make a reasonable point in regard to competition. Much of what he and his staff are looking for at all spots is consistency, and that can only be gauged with time.
"There are a lot of position battles that are ongoing and will be throughout this week. I'm not making any decisions this week on any of the starters,'' Holgorsen said Monday after a light morning workout that was to be followed by a padded practice in the afternoon. "Any time you have six more practices and a week of camp, things can change pretty drastically.
"Guys have good days and bad days. You're looking for guys that can consistently put a couple of good days together, and we're starting to figure out who those guys are. If the guys have a bad day, then they need to regroup pretty quickly if they want to be in the hunt for the starting job or a backup role. That's where we are.''
While the quarterback battle between juniors Paul Millard and Clint Trickett and redshirt freshman Ford Childress is certainly the most high-profile position fight, it's certainly not the only one. In fact, who snaps the ball to the quarterback and who he hands off to and throws to - essentially every ball-handling job on the offense - is just as much up in the air.
The running backs and receivers will continue to fight for playing time, but the center's job has to be decided. Holgorsen said Monday that Tyler Orlosky has the edge now over Tony Matteo. Both are 6-foot-4, 296-pound redshirt freshmen.
"Tyler Orlosky has been doing well. He has the upper hand right now,'' Holgorsen said. "We're playing about 10 bodies on the offensive line and it would be 11 if we had [injured guard] Adam Pankey, but he's a ways away.
"I think Orlosky has the upper hand at center right now. It is between him and Tony Matteo. Those are the two that are taking the majority of the reps and we are talking about two redshirt freshmen there. Both of them have a lot of growing to do. Tyler is probably a little bit ahead physically.''
Entering camp, the wild card in that battle was junior college transfer Stone Underwood. But that's no longer the case. Underwood has been moved, at least temporarily, to guard.