"(Copeland will) start this week, so you guys can go ahead and write that one down," Holgorsen said.
"He's been getting better and better every week. We got him in the game (against Texas Tech) because we didn't like what we were looking at, so we made the decision to play him and put him in.
"Almost made the decision to put Robinson in. Probably wish I would have."
Copeland had his redshirt pulled in last Saturday's 49-14 loss at Texas Tech. Copeland, a high school quarterback, had one reception for 5 yards after watching patiently the first five games of the season.
If Bailey starts, he'll likely join Copeland on the left side.
Of course, there are a few practices between now and then that could sway Holgorsen before game time.
"I think that motivation is indicative of playing time," he said. "If you like your current situation you better do what you go to do to keep that current situation or that situation is going to change."
Holgorsen hasn't been shy about pushing freshmen - redshirt or true - into the limelight. Results, however, have been mixed.
Kansas State's defense has eight seniors and three juniors on the first team, while WVU's top two in total tackles - Isaiah Bruce and Karl Joseph - are freshmen.
Starting defensive end Will Clarke (knee) didn't dress against Texas Tech, and freshmen Kyle Rose, Eric Kinsey and Christian Brown combined to fill the avoid.
"Don't know how to play," Holgorsen said succinctly. "They're not ready to be difference-makers."
The initial depth chart may be carved by performance, but as injuries mount, necessity and desperation has its influence.
"Someone is going to get challenged this week," DeForest said of his dicey cornerback situation.
"It's a work in progress. You move one guy to one spot and weaken another spot and you have to plug a guy into that spot that's maybe not as good as the other guy. You've got to try and find the best 11 and make it work. Depth's a concern, there's no question."
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