CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ye olde notebook:
We're that close.
Mountaineer followers know there are many questions surrounding this season's team. There are the obvious big-picture ones: How will the team fare? Is a winning record in the offing? Who will quarterback? Will he be effective? Will the defense rebound?
If the QB starter is Florida State transfer Clint Trickett, the thought from here is WVU made a mistake in not naming him sooner. With ticket sales down, that might have helped.
Yet heading into the noon game against William & Mary, I have a few specific questions - the answers to which should help solve the bigger-picture questions.
First, watch how WVU's deep backfield impacts Dana Holgorsen's "Air Raid" offense. On Tuesday the coach said his backs - and the subsequent formations utilizing them - can "take away snaps from the inside receivers." Will it? Will WVU truly be more run oriented?
Also, in regard to those inside receivers, are freshmen Daikiel Shorts and Devonte Mathis really the main men? Or will junior Mario Alford - and perhaps redshirt target Shelton Gibson - eventually take over?
Holgorsen also said on Tuesday that, in his offense, "it's more important to be two deep outside - which we aren't." Almost certainly hobbled Kevin White will eventually start opposite K.J. Myers. Will Ivan McCartney and junior college transfer Ronald Carswell provide that necessary depth?
Along the offensive line, one glaring question looms: How will Tyler Orlosky fare at center?
Defensively, the focus will naturally be on the secondary. Are Ishmael Banks and Travis Bell the answers at corner? Has WVU upgraded at defensive end with Eric Kinsey as the full-time starter, along with junior college transfer Dontrill Hyman as his backup? And has another transfer, Brandon Golson, learned Keith Patterson's system fast enough to provide the necessary shot at buck? Can the defensive coordinator really afford to redshirt Al-Rasheed Benton at will?
Fortunately for Mountaineer fans, the time has come for some answers.
Perhaps more importantly, Good served our country in World War II, in which he stormed Utah Beach in Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944. After America and the allied troops defeated the Germans in France, Good took the American flag and presented it to the French delegation in Cherbourg. He was subsequently honored for heroism by a French ambassador who came to Charleston to present the award.
Anyway, the son has been on a crusade - since 2000 - to get the Dunbar football field named after his father. The son, though, said he was told Kanawha County School Board representative Bill Ragland opposed the idea by saying "my father had to die first." Unfortunately, Delmar Good did die this past May 17 after a short illness. It spurred Steven Good to restart the campaign.
When reached on Thursday, Ragland strongly denied the accusation. ("I never told him that," Ragland said. "I never talked to him.") The good news, though: Ragland said he supports the idea.
"I knew his dad real well," Ragland said. "I would never stand in the way of naming the field after him. There is a process to doing that, but I certainly would support it."
Here's hoping there's indeed plenty of support.