JOSH LAMBERT was a soccer player in football-crazy Texas all the way into middle school, where he first decided to give football a whirl. He's mostly only kicked field goals, extra points and kickoffs, but right now is working at all of those as well as punting.
It's not clear where he'll play, but it's clear what he prefers.
"Kicking," he said. "For me I think punting is harder. It's more about you have to drop ball same way at the same time every time. If you do that, then you'll be consistent."
Lambert is on scholarship and kicker Tyler Bitancurt and punter Corey Smith, who also handled kickoffs, are both seniors, so WVU could just be experimenting for 2013. Yet Lambert, who is 5-11 and 205 pounds, can put the ball deep into the end zone on kickoffs, something Bitancurt and Smith have not done consistently.
Holgorsen said he'd consider using Lambert, if only for kickoffs.
"If you can help the team in any form whatsoever, I don't care what it is, we're going to play you," Holgorsen said. "So I've got no problems playing him just to do that if he helps the team.''
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WHAT LITTLE of his offense that Holgorsen has revealed to the media this season isn't all that recognizable. Smith has taken snaps from under center on passing and running plays. The Mountaineers also used Cody Clay, an inside receiver who was a tight end at George Washington High, as an actual tight end for a red zone play. Later, WVU used blocking backs Ryan Clarke and Donovan Miles and Clay with running back Shawne Alston and two receivers.
"If you look back at what we've done in the offense over the years, if we have those bodies, we use those bodies," Holgorsen said. "Donovan Miles is getting better and better. He's a bigger body. Ryan Clarke is doing some good things. Shawne is a bigger back that you can put in there and cause some problems.
"Cody Clay is doing a good job taking over for what we did with Tyler Urban last year. Tyler was a better receiver and we could also motion him around and put him in the backfield to get us into some bigger sets. We're going to do a lot of that and it's going to resemble a lot of power football out there."
Holgorsen, whose offenses have led the nation in passing three times and been no worse than No. 6 in the past seven years, couldn't stifle his laughter.
"If you guys want to run with that one go ahead," he said.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.