"I don't care who's out there. It's their job to move the ball or tackle people. It's a lot of guys on special teams or guys who are backups on offense or defense getting snaps. They've got to be able to play. We need it to look better than it has the past two fourth quarters."
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HOLGORSEN APPLIED the "soft" label elsewhere, and surprisingly he used it on the most impressive part of the win against Marshall. He said the offensive line had bad moments and some players - like guards Josh Jenkins and Jeff Braun and center Joe Madsen - had shaky performances against JMU.
"Those three guys have been playing together for a long time and we put a lot on those three guys and they didn't play too good this past week," Holgorsen sad. "They were relatively soft and their communication wasn't very good. We're going to challenge them to get better."
The Mountaineers had 121 yards rushing Saturday, which was 210 fewer yards than what they had against Marshall. There were five negative yardage runs, including a safety where the JMU defensive front pushed Braun deep into the end zone. JMU also hurried quarterback Geno Smith and had hands on him several times.
"We were really excited about all five of those guys playing really well together and they're still going to," Holgorsen said. "I'm not going to say they took a step backwards, but they didn't play very good."
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MARYLAND IS one of the younger teams in the country. The Terrapins already have played 12 true freshmen this season, which is the ninth-highest total in the FBS. TCU and LSU lead the country with 15 freshmen and Maryland could get close because two others are in the two-deep, but haven't played yet.
For comparison, Maryland has just 17 seniors on the roster.
The team's 2012 recruiting class was ranked No. 35 by Rivals.com, No. 36 by Scout.com and fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference by both, so the Terrapins figured they had players who could play.
Many have had to play this season. Maryland had 13 players out injured in the season opener and 14 a week later. Seven were projected starters, though two returned against Connecticut last week and all-ACC linebacker Kenny Tate could play against WVU.
Last season, Maryland had injured players miss an FBS-high 59 starts. The team is already at 20 this season.
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.