But Holgorsen maintains he isn't discounting the chances of either.
"I think Paul and Ford have elevated their game,'' Holgorsen said, again before Thursday's scrimmage. "Is that because there's another body or because they've had all spring and all summer and 17 days of camp to take reps? I think they've gotten better, which isn't making our job any easier.''
As for the rest of the No. 1 offense during Thursday's brief scrimmage, West Virginia lined up in a two-back set with both Houston transfer Charles Sims and junior college transfer Dreamius Smith in the backfield. The wide receivers were sophomore K.J. Myers and junior college transfer Ronald Carswell, while junior college transfer Mario Alford was in the slot.
That's a group of six skill position players in which only Myers was even on the team last season. Only Myers and Smith were on the roster as recently as spring practice.
Kevin White, another junior college transfer who is thought to be the standout in the group, sat out the scrimmage in a green medical jersey.
When the first-team offense returned to the field a second time, freshman Daikiel Shorts was in as a slot receiver in a four-man wide receiver set, having been moved to the position just that day from outside receiver. Freshman Wendell Smallwood was the lone back in that formation.
The line once again was Quinton Spain and Curtis Feigt at tackles, Marquis Lucas and Mark Glowinski at guards and Tyler Orlosky at center.
The No. 1 defense had Travis Bell and Ishmael Banks at cornerback and veterans Darwin Cook and Karl Joseph at safety. The linebackers were Isaiah Bruce, Jared Barber, Doug Rigg and Brandon Golson. The front consisted of Will Clarke, Shaq Rowell and Eric Kinsey.
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