"It's kind of the way we wanted it to work out," Holgorsen said. "They had to prove it and win the job, which they all have."
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The Mountaineers play host to William & Mary at noon Saturday at Mountaineer Field and the Tribe have only recently settled its own quarterback situation.
Coach Jimmye Laycock picked Michael Graham, a 6-4, 225-pound senior who has six starts. He's completed 113 of 215 passes for 1,563 yards, 13 touchdowns and nine interceptions. His candidacy was enhanced by offseason surgeries for similarly seasoned senior Brent Caprio and the more mobile junior Raphael Ortiz.
"There were a number of factors," Laycock said. "First, he's done very well in the preseason. That's probably the No. 1 factor. He's done very, very well. Ortiz is not ready to play. He didn't get into the competition much at all in the preseason because he's recovering from shoulder surgery. Brent Caprio is a little bit behind because of his offseason surgery.
"Other than that, Mike's done pretty well. He's gotten some game experience. He's handled himself well and he's improved as he's gone through the preseason."
Graham will need some help. Not only does WVU's defense vow to attack more and vary its tactics, but the Tribe, which went 2-9 last season, is starting 6-8, 305-pound Jerry Ugokwe at left tackle and 6-4, 295-pound Dominic Martinelli at right tackle.
They're both redshirt freshmen.
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WVU begins conference play next weekend when it opens its second Big 12 season at Oklahoma. The Sooners recently named redshirt freshman Trevor Knight the starting quarterback, a mild surprise to the many who thought junior Blake Bell would win the job.
Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops wouldn't say if or how much Bell would play or if the Sooners will continue to use the "Belldozer" package in short-yardage and goal line situations. The 6-6, 255-pound Bell has run for 24 touchdowns the past two seasons and only attempted 20 passes.
Stoops did tout Knight, who last season was used on the scout team to emulate Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel when Oklahoma prepared for the Cotton Bowl.
"Some of the things he did a year ago while being redshirted were against our defense every day and he was incredibly consistent every day and made a lot of great throws and showed an ability to run around and make plays," Stoops said. "Even on the scout team, he showed a lot of leadership and he continued those things through the spring and again in camp."
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