MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Najee Goode has been at West Virginia for five seasons and has played linebacker the last four.
He has experienced almost everything the postseason provides except that adrenaline he'll feel in his first Bowl Championship Series game.
Goode was the young guy who got the extra reps before sitting out and watching the Fiesta Bowl in 2007.
He went through the quick preparation between the end of the following regular season and the Meineke Car Care Bowl and he smiled like so many others when the offense reinvented itself in those practices.
He played in his first New Year's Day bowl as a sophomore in the Gator Bowl against Florida State. He was puzzled last year before the Champs Sports Bowl.
"It was weird," Goode said - and remember, these fifth-year seniors have seen so much you wonder what might actually cause them to use such a word.
Yet what the Mountaineers did and what they saw after they beat Rutgers to finish the regular season 9-3 and before they lost to North Carolina State in Orlando, Fla., was weird.
Dana Holgorsen was hired as the offensive coordinator and the coach-in-waiting.
Jeff Mullen was told he was preparing for his last game as WVU's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Dave Johnson learned his fate was the same as the offensive line coach.
The regular season ended Dec. 4. The bowl was Dec. 28. In between, the Mountaineers practiced seven times.
"The first two days we were down there, we didn't practice," said Don Barclay, the all-conference, fifth-year senior left tackle.
"It was different."
When Holgorsen's Mountaineers take the field at Sun Life Stadium Jan. 4 against ACC champion Clemson, they will have practiced 15 times. The NCAA has no limit on how many times a team can practice before a bowl other than to allow no more than four hours a day and 20 hours a week, but Holgorsen is making the most of the occasion and treating it like spring practice.
"He told us the schedule and what we're doing this year and it sounds real good," Barclay said. "We'll be prepared. Now when you look back on it, if you don't practice so many times, how can you be prepared?"