EVEN WITHOUT the team's most valuable player, Holgorsen raved about practice.
"It was as good as it's been, especially on defense, from an effort standpoint and an energy standpoint," Holgorsen said. "They're starting to get it a little bit and they're starting to fly around and make a few plays."
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THE MOUNTAINEERS practice today and Saturday and are off Sunday and Monday, when the coaches will begin to barrow down the players they plan to use and to save this season. Ideally, a depth chart, or the frame of an eventual one, will be in place for Tuesday's practice.
"We'll regroup and get it relatively in order and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we'll have a couple of game week practices," Holgorsen said. "We have an extra week to prepare heading into a real game, but we don't want to go into a real game week having to rep three at each position."
The coaches will begin to have discussions over the weekend on who to redshirt. They may make a decision on a few players, but will allow most to audition one last week.
"We haven't met to start to talk about that," Holgorsen said. "We'll start talking about it Sunday, but that doesn't mean we'll make any decisions. We may make a decision on 10 guys, but we can take another week and make a decision on other guys."
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HOLGORSEN WAS careful to correct his official stance on freshmen in camp when a question suggested a few freshmen were in his two-deep on the depth chart.
"We don't have any in the two-deep," he said. "I didn't say their play warranted them being in the two-deep. If they're in the two deep, I never said that. We're still evaluating them. If they're good enough to beat some older guys, we'll be happy about that."
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HOLGORSEN CONSIDERS freshmen who enrolled in January separate from freshmen who enrolled over the summer and two of the early enrollees are in the two-deep as projected starters - field safety Karl Joseph and inside receiver Jordan Thompson.
Holgorsen called Thompson, as well as inside receiver Tavon Austin and outside receivers Stedman Bailey and J.D. Woods "obvious starters." Beyond that, Holgorsen isn't sold on many others.
"(Redshirt freshman) K.J. Myers is doing a real good job," Holgorsen said. "Other than that, you can group the other eight guys together."
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