Holgorsen changes tune about Mountaineers QB rotation

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Dana Holgorsen has changed his tune in a hurry.

Two weeks ago, when asked whether he would consider rotating two quarterbacks, West Virginia's third-year coach was quick to say, "I've never done it and I don't plan on doing it."

When Holgorsen released the Mountaineers' first depth chart of the fall Sunday night, though, he listed junior Paul Millard and junior transfer Clint Trickett as co-starters at quarterback.

When asked again Monday whether he would consider rotating two quarterbacks, he said, "If we were playing tomorrow, yes, that would be the case."

At a Big 12 Conference coaches teleconference Monday, Holgorsen said he truly does not know who will start the opener Saturday against William & Mary.

"They both bring something good to the table," Holgorsen said. "Ultimately, it's about the guy that's not going to make the mistakes, which is what our offense is about -- distributing the ball to a bunch of different skill guys based on what the defense is giving us.

"It might take some game experience to figure out who is the guy. It might be a situation where they complement each other and we continue to rep both of them all year. Don't know yet."

Buie out of rotation

The surprise omission from the West Virginia depth chart was junior running back Andrew Buie, the Mountaineers' leading rusher in 2012.

Listed on the depth chart were redshirt senior transfer Charles Sims, freshman Wendell Smallwood, junior transfer Dreamius Smith and junior Dustin Garrison.

"If the last couple years have shown anything," Holgorsen said, "you're going to need more than one [back], that's for certain. We feel pretty good about the depth at that position. We'll line those guys up and see who gets the hot hand and try to get him the ball as much as we can."

Holgorsen would not elaborate on Buie.

Petteway out for season

Linebacker Shaq Petteway tore a knee ligament in training camp and will join cornerback Nana Kyeremeh (shoulder surgery) on the sideline for this season, Holgorsen announced Monday.

Petteway, a junior, will redshirt and return with two years of eligibility remaining next fall. He saw time in all 13 games in 2012 and had 42 tackles and 1.5 sacks.


Stephen J. Nesbitt: snesbitt@post-gazette.com and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt.


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