MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- At the midpoint of training camp, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen still isn't in a hurry to name his starting lineup.
The Mountaineers have position battles across the board, from quarterback to cornerback to tailback. Holgorsen called this a "big week" at his Monday news conference.
"Not making any decisions about starters at this point," Holgorsen said. "Any time you've got six more practices and a whole week of camp, things can change pretty drastically. Guys have good days, guys have bad days. You're looking for guys that consistently put a couple good days together. ... If guys have a bad day, they need to regroup pretty quickly if they want to be in the hunt for a starting job or a backup role."
Holgorsen highlighted quarterback, cornerback and wide receiver as positions where plenty of dueling is still left before starters are named.
At quarterback, redshirt junior Clint Trickett, junior Paul Millard and redshirt freshman Ford Childress are vying to start. Holgorsen said each has shown equal parts improvement and inexperience.
"They all make good decisions at times but because of inexperience make some poor decisions that get them in trouble," Holgorsen said. "The guy that reduces poor decisions will be the guy that wins the job."
The cornerback corps, part of a secondary that ranked 122nd of 124 Division I teams in passing yards allowed in 2012, is short-handed after losing sophomore Nana Kyeremeh last week to shoulder surgery.
"That's a position that's challenging," Holgorsen said. "We've got to have guys that are confident and, obviously, better than what we were playing with last year."
Holgorsen said redshirt freshman Tyler Orlosky has the "upper hand" to start at center over fellow redshirt freshman Tony Matteo.
"Both of them have a lot of growing to do," Holgorsen said. "Tyler's probably a little bit ahead physically at this point."
Stone Underwood, a junior college transfer from Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi, was shifted from his natural position at center to fill a second-team hole at offensive guard, Holgorsen said. Holgorsen added that Underwood, a junior, might ultimately redshirt this fall.
"It's tough to come in at center without a spring practice, without a year under your belt," Holgorsen said. "Physically the game is different here from what he's used to."
Also announced were the moves of linebackers Garrett Hope, a sophomore, and Elijah Wellman, a freshman, to fullback to add depth in the backfield.
Bear ... who?
As Holgorsen stepped away from the podium at the end of the news conference, which was held in an auditorium overlooking the renovated weight room at Milan Puskar Stadium, he heard the first, low strains of country singer Kenny Chesney's "Boys of Fall" coming from the weight room behind him.
"This is a great song, by the way," he said, and then swung into a story. "We showed this video to our team this morning -- it's a great video."
Holgorsen described the video's final scene, grainy footage that shows a football coach usher his players out of the locker room at halftime, slip across the screen to put on his trademark houndstooth hat, then slowly scan the chalkboard for some final thoughts before stepping onto the field.
That coach, of course, was Alabama legend Bear Bryant.
When Holgorsen showed the video to the team Monday morning, he asked, "How many of you guys know who that last coach was?" A mere fraction of the players raised their hands.
"You got to be kidding me!" Holgorsen said. "Eighty-five percent of our team didn't know who Bear Bryant was? Got to educate them."
When asked by a reporter what the old-school Bryant might think of West Virginia's playing style and up-tempo offense, Holgorsen laughed.
"It'd probably blow his mind," he said.
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