MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - There seems nearly as much mystery about who will be catching passes for West Virginia Saturday as who will be throwing them.
Yes, the Mountaineers go into their season opener against William & Mary (noon kickoff, Fox Sports 1) with two quarterbacks and at least no public plan as to how Paul Millard and Clint Trickett will share the snaps - if indeed they will share them at all.
But there could very well be a true revolving door at the receiver positions, perhaps as many as eight to 10 or more in two, three or four spots, depending upon the formation.
Of course, given that among the players listed at those spots on the first-week depth chart there is a grand total of 11 receptions returning from last season - that's all of 3.2 percent of the passes caught by wideouts in 2012 - that's understandable.
Quite simply, it's going to take some time and experimentation to figure out who should be playing there.
"Right now it's about 50-50 with all those guys at all four receiver spots, to be honest with you,'' WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said this week. "And then once we get into the games I anticipate that one of those guys per position will rise up, which will give that specific kid the majority of the snaps.''
Who those risers might be is the big question mark.
The depth chart lists three receiver positions, two outside and one inside. In a four-receiver set there is another inside receiver.
The outside receivers listed first are Ivan McCartney and K.J. Myers, perhaps not coincidentally the only two receivers on that depth chart who caught passes last year. McCartney caught nine passes for 112 yards before leaving the team after eight games. Myers caught a 3-yard touchdown pass in mop-up time in the opener against Marshall and a 6-yard pass the next week against James Madison. That was it.
They are listed ahead of two junior college players who were brought in specifically because the team seemed short on talent after the loss of Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and J.D. Woods, who combined for 289 catches a year ago, or 85.3 percent of the wideout receptions. Kevin White and Ronald Carswell are the backups.
McCartney and Myers are the starters presumably because of their knowledge of the system and their performances in camp. A foot injury that has made White questionable for Saturday's opener might have played into it, as well.
But it's not as if Holgorsen anointed McCartney and Myers the starters by default. He praised Myers throughout August and says McCartney is just a different player and person after his hiatus from the team.
"He's had a good camp,'' Holgorsen said of the 6-foot-1, 185-pound senior and former four-star recruit from Miami. "He's been able to maintain relative health, which has always been one of his issues in the past. Has he had some sore limbs over the last 31/2 weeks? Yes. Did it prevent him from practicing? No. And that's different than the way it was the first two years I was here.