MORGANTOWN -- Where Dana Holgorsen and Jeff Casteel stand today with regard to the installation process after four weeks of spring football practice at West Virginia is about as different as the offensive coordinator's obligation to score points and the defensive coordinator's duty to stop scores.
"It's all in," said Holgorsen, WVU's first-year boss of the offense. "We're just trying to get better at what's in."
Casteel has taught a lot of his base defense and focused on blending in new personnel, but he hasn't gotten around to some of the things that branch off the base. The veteran defensive coordinator admitted last week the third-down package - where WVU was one of the best in the nation last year - will probably wait until preseason camp.
"We're seeing so much throw, throw, throw that it's kind of hard to learn," said Casteel, who's about to begin his 11th season with the Mountaineers. "For us, that's really our third-down defense, but we're not working with our third-down group.
"We're working on installing our base because there are so many guys in the group who we want to get work. Sometimes kids get caught in mismatches, so it makes it tough for them."
Holgorsen's offense is a pass-first and maybe even a pass-second system. When the offense goes against the defense and Holgorsen is trying to get snaps on film, more often than not the play is a pass.
The Mountaineers have tried to address it. In the first scrimmage of the spring, the 68 play calls were split almost evenly between runs and passes, but it was by far the most work the defense has had against the run.
In Friday's second scrimmage, when the defense allowed only two touchdowns and had one of its own on an interception return by cornerback Pat Miller, the ratio leaned toward the run as WVU handed the ball off on 37 of the 71 snaps.
"It's OK if you're playing (against) pass, pass, pass," Casteel said. "Cincinnati and Pitt will be that style of offense in the league, but you'll see Rutgers and Louisville and South Florida in more of pro style and multiple offenses than what this is. Obviously Maryland and LSU and those people are going to present issues with the tight end and multiple tight end sets."
None of this has caught Casteel off guard. When he and his coaches get to work solely on defense, they manufacture some of the more traditional offensive sets.
And to be totally fair to Holgorsen, his spring hasn't been without odd obstacles, either. Casteel uses a three-player front and five defensive backs. Holgorsen won't see that very much during the season.
Holgorsen had his players watch film of his 2010 Oklahoma State offense and held meetings before the spring so everyone would begin practice with a significant advantage, but Casteel's defense does pose problems.
"You look at any program around the country and they're not getting the looks they need every day based on the fact that in college football in the spring there aren't enough bodies to go around to develop a scout team," Holgorsen said. "You've got to do what you've got to do to manufacture looks. For us, it's no different.