HOLGORSEN WAS excited about how his team literally looked on the first day.
"I think our guys are in phenomenal shape," he said. "Me and the staff have been talking about this since (Wednesday) when the guys came back, but it's been eight, nine weeks since we've seen them and this team continues to change as guys are added, which we feel like we've done a good job recruiting and getting guys in here who have a different body type to upgrade the level of athlete we bring in, but I think these guys look to us like they're in pretty good shape."
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WALK-ONS WILL arrive when school starts and Holgorsen said two of those will be place kickers, though it might not be necessary.
"Josh Lambert is our kicker," he said in as definitive a statement that a head coach will say on the first day of practice about a redshirt freshman. "We feel comfortable with Josh. We feel good about Josh. He is our kicker.
"I don't know if he's our kickoff guy. We'll figure that out."
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WEST VIRGINIA started practice with some punting drills, which meant the first action for junior college punter Nick O'Toole, who, on a day without shoulder pads, nevertheless fills out a jersey at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. O'Toole, a sophomore, averaged 41.8 yards on 49 punts last season at Fullerton (Calif.) College.
"He's a big, impressive looking guy who can flip the field on you in a hurry," Holgorsen said.
WVU also has junior Michael Molinari, who punted 30 times in 2011, and Houstin Syvertson, a freshman from Shady Spring High.
"I didn't even know we had a third punter, to be honest with you," Holgorsen said. "I pay attention to the specialists when they do well, or, unfortunately, when they do bad. Then I lose my mind."
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FRESHMAN INSIDE receiver Sheldon Gibson tweaked his knee last week and didn't practice. Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Adam Pankey was also out as he continues to rehabilitate a torn ACL. Holgorsen said both are progressing faster than expected.
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