MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - For the most part, Dana Holgorsen sounded like he could have been talking about the first game of the season or the first day of spring practice.
Yes, there's a big difference between the two, primarily the sense of urgency that goes with being just a few days away from the season opener.
Yet for all the work that has been done in 15 spring practices, a summer of conditioning and nearly a month of fall camp, West Virginia's coach on Tuesday still sounded as if his team was basically at square one.
"We've got to figure out what we do well,'' Holgorsen said. "We've got to figure out what our team's all about.''
Well, he has only a few more days to do that before West Virginia opens the season Saturday at home against William & Mary. The game kicks off at noon and will be televised nationally by the new Fox Sports 1.
Indeed, with an offense that must replace nearly all of its key parts, a defense that is trying to correct the myriad mistakes of a year ago and special teams that are under a new coordinator, West Virginia has some huge questions.
Certainly Holgorsen has figured out the answers to some of those, right? Doesn't he at least have some ideas about what his team might be able to do well?
"No clue,'' Holgorsen said. "And I wouldn't tell you if I knew anyway.''
That does, however, come with a caveat. Despite the loss of all that offensive talent and the need to correct the mistakes of 2012 on defense and special teams, figuring out what the Mountaineers might at least attempt to do is not rocket science.
"We're not going to reinvent the wheel here,'' Holgorsen said. "I mean, everybody knows what we do offensively and defensively. Special teams is a little bit more of a mystery.''
That's not to say that West Virginia won't look different. With a new quarterback - either Paul Millard or Clint Trickett - a deep stable of running backs and untested wide receivers, there are bound to be changes.
Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson has primarily the same cast of players and the same core defensive scheme, but he's also had months to adjust things. Ditto Joe DeForest, who is now the full-time special teams coordinator.