With those limitations in place to protect the players, WVU's defense had success up front against an offensive line working to replace graduated starter Eric Jobe at right guard and is playing without left tackle Don Barclay and right tackle Jeff Braun.
Both are out this spring after offseason shoulder surgery.
Bruce Irvin, who is attempting to get the starting spot at defensive end and bump Julian Miller to defensive tackle (vacated by Scooter Berry's graduation), ran around WVU's tackles again and again.
"I don't think we blocked him once all day," Stewart said.
That's not necessarily a problem for offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh, who used redshirt freshmen Quinton Spain at left tackle and Pat Eger at right tackle.
"Bruce Irvin is as good as I've seen," said Bedanbaugh, who came to WVU from the University of Arizona. "With a guy that fast and powerful, you get tested every day, which is good. You want to go against the best guys and see how you get them blocked consistently.
"We'll give other guys a chance to get reps and move guys around and we'll see if guys can play tackle or if they're better playing guard. We'll figure out what guys are able to do and we'll more forward."
It's all part of Holgorsen's process. The offense is installed in three days and then revisited in order the following four weeks. There will be errors and bad days, but there will be occasions to come back to those instances and make fixes.
"There are going to be a lot of mistakes," Dawson said.
The Mountaineers expect that and they can address that as they move along. What Stewart and the rest of the staff won't tolerate is what they didn't encounter Wednesday.
Stewart said his team needed to practice after "a long winter" and he was impressed by how the Mountaineers and entered into the unknown.
"I told the team many, many times that I shouldn't have to coach effort," he said. "I should not have to motivate people. I mean, yeah, you do, in a certain way, but we're looking for self-motivated people and self-starters.
"We're looking for guys that are workers. For a coach to have to coach that at this level, then we've got the wrong guys. I liked what I saw with their enthusiasm."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.