West Virginia Coach Dana Holgorsen carries a career record of 21-15 into the Mountaineers' regular season finale Saturday.
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Junior college transfer Kevin White remains raw as an outside receiver who has to learn to use his size when blocking and when going up for passes, but he can play outside and Mario Alford flourished when he was slotted as a starter outside. Daikiel Shorts has been a surprise as a true freshman and he'll change before our eyes after offseason conditioning.
Freshman Shelton Gibson is arguably the team's most talented receiver, but he's redshirting, as is Jacky Marcellus, who has the elusive, quick twitch skill that can work at inside receiver and complement Jordan Thompson, who has been better as a sophomore than he was as a freshman.
The offensive line loses Curtis Feigt, who was solid at right tackle, Nick Kindler at left tackle and Pat Eger at center, but redshirt freshman Tyler Orlosky has been fine when he replaces Eger and Adam Pankey has improved at tackle since her returned from an ACL injury. The staff believes freshman Marcell Lazard can be a very good player, likely at tackle, and his time may come in the spring.
Nose guard Shaq Rowell and defensive end Will Clarke were the best part of the best part of WVU's defense, but the defensive line has a lot of players and replacements. Doug Rigg will be a run-stopping loss at linebacker, but fellow New Jersey native Al-Rasheed Benton is the same big body type, and one who redshirted, but nearly played this season.
Shaq Petteway will be back next season after missing the season with an injury and 6foot-5 freshman Isaac McDonald is a pass-rushing project worth watching on the outside. All of the cornerbacks come back, which should be a good thing, though one never knows, but safety Darwin Cook will be a major loss to the defense.
He might not be the only one, though. Karl Joseph is not an ideal fit as the free safety and is better suited to play closer to the line of scrimmage in a half linebacker-half defensive back role. That can happen if players like sophomore K.J. Dillon, redshirt freshman Jarrod Harper, freshmen Jeremy Tyler and Malik Greaves and maybe even Nana Kyeremeh, who missed the season with an injury, can play on the back end.
Then again, that whole conversation can change if Holgorsen doesn't end up back in Morgantown.