MORGANTOWN - Freshman receiver Jordan Thompson has only three receptions for 8 yards in his first two games for No. 8 West Virginia.
Two of those catches have come from backup quarterback Paul Millard when the games have been out of hand.
"When you're called on, you have to produce and make a big play," Thompson said.
For that reason alone, Coach Dana Holgorsen couldn't be much happier with Thompson. There be more catches, yards and touchdowns, and perhaps they come when as the Mountaineers (2-0) play Saturday's noon home game against Maryland (2-1) at Mountaineer Field (FX). If not, there is no trouble.
"Jordan," Holgorsen said, "has done fine."
WVU beat James Madison last week with Geno Smith passing for 411 yards and five touchdowns, Stedman Bailey scoring three touchdowns on a school-record 13 receptions and Tavon Austin adding 11 receptions for 113 yards and a score.
Yet Holgorsen signed off on Andrew Buie being named the team's offensive player of the week, despite his not scoring or reaching 100 yards rushing or receiving.
The explanation for the award and for Holgorsen's approval of Thompson and Buie is simple: Two of the smallest players the Mountaineers have on the field can block.
"I want someone to block for me the way I block for them," Buie said. "We need each other to make big plays. If no one is blocking for each other, we'll have no offense.
"It's fun to see teammates make big plays off your blocks. It feels good to be a big part of the game when you don't have the ball, but you know you did something to help that play spurt for a big gain."
The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Buie is No. 8 in the Big 12 in all-purpose yards per game (128) and had 135 and 121 yards rushing, receiving and on returns in the first two games. Buie, who lost a fumble and then was injured and couldn't finish the game as a freshman against Maryland last season, had a career-high 80 rushing yards against Marshall. He added a career-high 90 receiving yards against JMU, but also blocked across the field against the Dukes, earning player of the week honors.
The 8.5 yards per carry this season, when he couldn't stay healthy and didn't break a run longer than 18 yards last season, might be a surprise. The nine receptions on routes out of the backfield and into the flat, through the middle or up the sideline could catch people off guard. In high school, he was in a running wing-T offense and played more quarterback and running back than he receiver.