MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - What started as Shannon Dawson's enthusiastic review of newcomer running back Charles Sims transitioned quickly into the offensive coordinator's equally animated frustration with another part of his offense.
"You could probably put him at inside receiver right now and he would do things better than what the guys there are doing," Dawson said. "That's just the honesty of it and that's more the inside receivers' fault than his."
"They've had maximum opportunities and reps to do it right. They're just lazy and they won't do it. We'll find somebody that will."
Dawson, who had been the receivers coach before being moved this offseason to quarterbacks, has had to work with some limitations so far. Sophomores Jordan Thompson, who the coaches have been disappointed with since late last season, and Dante Campbell, who missed spring practice, and freshman Shelton Gibson have missed time in preseason camp with injuries.
Junior college transfers Mario Alford and Ronald Carswell and freshman Jacky Marcellus are new to campus and Carswell has actually worked more often as an outside receiver.
Redshirt freshman Vernon Davis is new to the position and he and classmate Devonte Mathis didn't play last season.
There are others on the list, but that's part of the problem for Dawson and receivers coach Lonnie Galloway.
"We have a lot of them, but I think we're dumping way too many reps throughout the whole group," Dawson said. "I think if a couple guys got a majority of the reps, obviously they'll pick it up a little quicker."
That time is coming fast for the Mountaineers. Dawson wants four receivers for the two outside positions and three or four receivers for the two inside positions. He'd be delighted with the quantity and quality outside and mostly flustered about the situation inside.
"It's getting close right now," Dawson said. "We're sitting here just a couple weeks out, so eventually in the next two or three days we'll start limiting reps so we can tell who's got potential or the capacity and who doesn't right now. We'll start limiting reps and start pouring reps into guys pretty quickly."
Dawson said his patience is thinning because his expectations are low and still mostly unsatisfied.