MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- One position battle was cleared up Thursday when West Virginia opened training camp: place-kicker.
"Josh Lambert is our kicker," coach Dana Holgorsen said "We feel good about Josh."
The rest of the roster?
That should be clear in about 30 days.
Brand-new freshmen, two marquee transfers and eight junior-college transfers suited up as the Mountaineers got started on rebuilding their roster for the program's second year in the Big 12 Conference.
"It's college football. Guys graduate," Holgorsen said. "Sometimes you replace a lot of seniors. Sometimes you don't. It's not something I worry about.
"Energy level is high, attitude is good. Excited about getting back and playing ball. It was a successful day."
Two notable transfers -- quarterback Clint Trickett and running back Charles Sims -- participated in their first official practice as Mountaineers players.
Trickett, who is competing with junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress, drew praise for what Holgorsen called a "presence."
"He's good. He's seasoned. He doesn't get nervous. You can tell he's got some game experience," Holgorsen said. "It's his presence. You throw a guy in there that is taking snaps in our offense for the first time. If there's hesitation, and panic, and nervousness, and lack of communication, then we've got a little bit of an issue. I knew he'd handle that well.
"Clint can get in the mix to be the guy because he has that in his personality."
For now, Holgorsen said all three quarterbacks will not be judged on individual plays for about three practices, a period of "no consequences."
"We'll do three days where there's no consequences for any of the actions whether it's good or bad," Holgorsen said. "When we start getting into more situational stuff, that's when I start judging whether they could be the guy or not."
Holgorsen said Millard and Childress also have a certain calmness.
Freshman receiver Shelton Gibson wore a red medical jersey at practice along with offensive lineman Adam Pankey. Holgorsen said Gibson tweaked his knee a few weeks ago and Pankey is recovering from knee surgery but is ahead of schedule and "doing great."
Missing in action
Freshmen Isaac McDonald, a safety, and linebacker Darrien Howard were not at practice and are working on clearinghouse issues. Junior-college transfer d'Vante Henry also was not present for a "personal issue," according to Holgorsen.
Defense getting deeper
A year ago, it seemed two players were the maximum at many positions on defense. But Day 1 already showed a glimpse of more depth.
"We're so much deeper and so much more experienced and it shows," Holgorsen said. "We're three-deep now out there repping. It seems like we're a lot deeper."
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