Still, the goal for the Mountaineers is not to play continuously fast, but sporadically and when they choose. They want to throw a fastball when the defense is looking for the changeup. They want to burn the shot clock when they have a chance to run a fast break.
For starters, playing fast all the time doesn't make much sense.
"We think changing the tempo is probably as important as the playing fast part of the offense," receivers coach and new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "Think about this: If we play extremely fast and go three-and-out twice and they have long drives, our defense is probably gassed. It's not smart to go out and play fast and go three-and-out again."
What the Mountaineers want to do is become a team that can flip a switch, to play fast when they want to and when they need to and have no trouble with it.
"One of those times is when the other team blitzes a lot and does a lot of complicated stuff," Dawson said. "That's one way to simplify what they're doing because they have to get the calls in fast and usually they have a base call whenever you play fast. But whatever the flow is, if it's good, keep doing it. If it ain't good, you might want to change what you're doing."
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WVU WILL have three quarterbacks at spring practice in returning starter Geno Smith, sophomore Paul Millard and Childress. Michael Burchett, who transferred in from Kentucky last season and added depth in preseason practice, will play next season at Center (Ky.) College.
Spavital said he and Holgorsen will throw if they have to, but they already have more quarterbacks than last spring, when it was just Smith and Millard. Spavital said he'll add two walk-ons in the summer, including University High's Travis Maraney.
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GARRISON, SAFETY Terence Garvin (knee) and linebacker Jewone Snow (shoulder) are the only players injured and out of spring practice. The only other scholarship running backs on the roster at Garrison's position are senior Shawne Alston and sophomore Andrew Buie.
Wes Tonkery, who played for Garvin in the bowl game, is Garvin's backup.
The Bridgeport native will learn a lot about the new defense and how coordinators Joe DeForest and Keith Patterson plan to use that hybrid linebacker/safety player.
Snow would also learn a new hybrid position as a linebacker/pass rush defensive end. He's backed up by senior Josh Francis.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.