MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia's coaches have made their decision about the quarterback position for Saturday's season opener against William & Mary.
They're going to let Clint Trickett and Paul Millard make up their minds in the game instead of referring to the practices preceding it.
Coach Dana Holgorsen and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson have no other plan for the game that begins at noon at Mountaineer Field (Fox Sports 1).
If one starts the game and leads the offense right down the field without any trouble?
"He might stay in," Dawson said. "I have no idea how the game is going to go, quite honestly. I told them since the day camp started it's up to them to make the decision more than it's up to us. Whoever wants to take hold of it and run with it, we're more than happy with that."
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HOLGORSEN AND Dawson have never split the job among quarterbacks and they're not exactly interested in learning how to do it. Dawson said the Mountaineers haven't sought advice from friends in the business about how to manage the situation.
Not that it would help, anyway. The fixes found at other places aren't guaranteed to work at WVU and with different players and personalities.
"Every team is different, every year is different," Dawson said. "We're making decisions off what this year's team is. We're trying to figure out who can lead this team to victory better. With that being said, I think the whole dynamic is different every year, too. We're dealing with a whole new group. In a lot of ways, there are more question marks than at quarterback."
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HOLGORSEN AND and Dawson are enjoying a different attitude about their inside receivers. Two weeks ago, they criticized the players for not being as far along as they needed to be, but Holgorsen said Monday the Mountaineers can count on four players there.
Sophomore Jordan Thompson, junior college transfer Mario Alford, redshirt freshman Devonte Mathis and freshman Daikiel Shorts are expected to play and WVU will also use tight end/fullback Cody Clay and some running backs there.
"Moving Daikiel inside was helpful," Dawson said of the 6-foot, 200-pound true freshman who enrolled in January and had been an outside receiver. "That really made us feel comfortable about somebody at inside receiver. That kid is solid beyond his years as far as maturity goes."