Alford is WVU's inside receiver. He has just two receptions for 11 yards, both last game, but both on the short touch pass that Geno Smith and Tavon Austin popularized the last two years.
Collectively, they replace Ivan McCartney, K.J. Myers and Daikiel Shorts, who combined for 15 receptions, 135 yards and no touchdowns in the first two games.
"After watching (the) William & Mary (game), I was convinced that we had the slowest receiving corps in the country," Holgorsen said. "When we put Ronnie in there, it looked different. We didn't have Kevin's services throughout camp. He was having a great spring and having a great camp, and then he's out for three weeks. He showed a little of what he can do last week. He looked like he was playing at a different level than some of the other guys out there.
"Mario, we just have to keep giving reps. We didn't have him for three weeks of practice, too. When we put him in there, he runs at a different speed. With those three guys, I'm not starting them because I hope they can make plays. I've seen them make plays. If those other guys want to rep, they need to prove that they can make a play and provide a tremendous amount of effort."
Establishing an order and a rotation there depends on whether those players can make plays that have not been made so far by receivers.
Shorts had seven receptions for 63 yards in the opener, but was shut out by the Sooners. McCartney couldn't hold onto a ball he had his hands on in the Oklahoma end zone. White lost a fumble when he was threatening to convert a third-and-20 and give the Mountaineers a first down in the red zone. Alford had a pass slip through his fingers against William & Mary that he could have run a long way with.
They're not alone, though. Running back Dreamius Smith had a penalty for a chop block to stall the opening drive and a few issues blocking against Oklahoma. One miss led to a sack and a lost fumble. The Mountaineers also had two penalties on the offensive line false starts and one for holding. The holding penalty on first down against Tyler Orlosky moved WVU back from OU's 25-yard line to the 35 in the third quarter and changed the possession.
"There's potential on offense, and that word disturbs me," Holgorsen said. "I don't like it very much, but there is potential on offense. A lot of people talk about how talented we are. Even guys on our team talk about how talented we are. We need to prove that, we need to make some plays.
"You need to make plays when you are put into those situations, and if you don't, we will try and put some other guys in those situations. We will get better offensively."
To do so may require another fix. Do the Mountaineers have to find a quarterback before all the other parts realize their potential or do the other parts have to fall into place to facilitate the quarterback decision?
"It's kind of like the chicken and the egg," said Dawson, who doubles as the quarterbacks coach. "I have no idea, really. I don't have an answer for that question, but I do think one of those three needs to take it and run with it. This is a golden opportunity."
That would then put the pressure on Millard, Trickett and Childress to do their job before everyone else can do theirs.
"I've always thought it was the chicken," Dawson said.
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