MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's depth chart will take shape by Tuesday, Dana Holgorsen said Thursday night, noting he already can name the team's top four receivers.
Two are the obvious -- Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey -- the team's top two pass-catchers last year.
The next two, he said, are true freshman Jordan Thompson and J.D. Woods, a little-used senior receiver who has wowed coaches at camp.
"In certain areas, we can see it separating itself from starter to backup," Holgorsen said.
"For instance, we feel like Stedman is an obvious starter, Jordan Thompson is an obvious starter, Tavon is an obvious starter and J.D. Woods is an obvious starter. Then, you have backups."
Preseason camp is set to end Saturday with several positions still up in the air -- most notably backups on the defensive line and at receiver. Both groups include a slew of true freshmen.
"We'll work towards it to get it settled Tuesday. Sunday will be lifting and running day. Monday will be day off because it is the first day of school. We'll regroup and get it relatively in order for Tuesday," Holgorsen said.
"We don't want to go into real game week [without it]. Don't mind repping three at each position next week, but the next week we have to narrow it down."
On Woods, Holgorsen said he's "making plays. Just making plays. He's getting open, he's doing a good job. He's a hundred percent different than he was a year ago."
The whereabouts of Geno Smith caused a stir when the team's quarterback was not present at practice.
Turns out he was home with his family paying respects to his grandmother who died recently, Holgorsen said after practice.
"His grandmother passed away, so he took a few days to go back home and spend some time with his family," Holgorsen said.
Holgorsen was asked where Smith was during the 30-minutes the media are allowed to watch -- from 5 to 5:30 p.m. -- and had a sports information director deliver this message: "You are more than welcome to ask at Holgorsen's 7:30 p.m. news conference."
Asked later if he enjoyed creating two hours of panic among fans, he said with a wry smile: "A little bit. [Dang] that social media, right? I didn't invent it."
Some 15 players are taking snaps on the defensive line still, said Holgorsen, including five freshmen and several returning players with little experience.
"You can't do that. You've got to narrow down guys," he said.
"We don't have any Bruce Irvin's at this point, so we're trying to locate guys who can rush the passer, locate bigger guys that can stop the run like Julian [Miller] did for us."
As the depth chart shakes out, so will the beginning of the decision-making process on which freshmen will be redshirted, Holgorsen said.
"We'll talk about it this weekend. We've got tomorrow, and Saturday we'll keep evaluating. We'll meet as a staff Sunday and Monday and start evaluating. It doesn't mean we'll make decisions. We may make decisions on 10 guys. May take another week of work to make decision on the other guys."