Where Stanford's tight ends are on the line of scrimmage, Holgorsen's blockers are to either side of the quarterback and in front of the running back in the shotgun.
"We're going to try to experiment throughout the spring to see what fits and what doesn't fit," Crook said. "There's some stuff we're going to look at on the field and say, 'This doesn't fit,' and we'll try other things and say, 'Yeah, I like the way this looks.' "
Crook will only say he has ideas that can help as opposed to change the offense. He'll offer tweaks as instead of replacements. The goal, the reason he was hired, is to incorporate what he believes into what Holgorsen does.
"He brings some knowledge when it comes to the running game," Holgorsen said. "Again, we are trying to evaluate everything that we are doing, especially offensively, to where we can try and do something a little bit better. It would be exciting to get through spring to see what we have to do to get better from a run game standpoint to make it more productive more than anything."
The Mountaineers return far more productivity at running back and more experience there and along the offensive line than they do at quarterback and receiver.
The running game, with juniors Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison, junior college transfer Dreamius Smith and freshman Wendell Smallwood, will get a lot of attention in the spring.
How that will work or look will remain a mystery within closed practices. It's not new to Crook, though. Before his time at Stanford, he was the offensive line coach at Harvard from 2003-10. The Crimson used plenty of spread and shotgun formations and helped Clifton Dawson set the Ivy League's all-time career rushing record with 4,841 yards.
That mark used to belong to Cornell's Ed Marinaro, the runner-up for the 1971 Heisman and an eventual College Football Hall of Famer.
"We were spread oriented, but we still did a lot of different formations," Crook said. "We were a little different with personnel groupings, but we had some parts at Harvard we had at Stanford where we were going to line up and we were going to be big and we were going to run the ball. So we had that aspect and we had the aspect where we'd spread out like we do here and run the ball. We were good at doing both."
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