"In five short weeks, I've seen that growth. So to have him on the field - and quite honestly, to be under my watchful eye because I work with the specialists and he's going to be a long snapper - it will have its trying moments, but I'm sure it's going to be a lot of fun."
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HOLGORSEN HAD a father-son experience this summer as well. He and his son Logan traveled to Africa. Holgorsen wouldn't say where exactly or what they did, but did confess he did not ride an elephant.
"It was good father-son time," he said. "I want to travel the world at some point. This specific trip was something he wanted to do. And he had a blast. We had a great time together."
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HOLGORSEN SAID he doesn't believe travel affected his team last season and that he will "never use travel as an excuse for a win or a loss." He does believe it can bother WVU's basketball and baseball coaches.
"They should be complaining about it," he said. "When you play two, three games in a week, it's different. When you play one game a week on 12 Saturdays in 14 weeks, it is not that big of a deal. We've got five road games."
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WVU'S REDESIGNED uniforms were on display in the interview room, but the truly eye-opening new look was Baylor's flashy gold helmets that cap a new set of uniforms.
"There's two shiny things up here - that helmet and my head probably," balding Coach Art Briles said during his press conference. "To me, that's what it's all about. You've got style, you've got attitude, you've got effort. You have an image and our image is we're going to play fast, we're going to be fearless and we're not going to worry about what other people think because we know who we are and we know what we're going to do."
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SINCE FORMING in 1996, the Big 12 has had a NCAA-best five Heisman Trophy winners, most recently Baylor's Robert Griffin III in 2011. Running back Lache Seastrunk, the league's preseason player of the year, predicted at the end of last season he would win it this season.
"Why should I regret it?" he said Tuesday. "I said it. Y'all want me to take it back?
"People are always going to be negative. They're always going to have negative comments. If I believe it in my heart and confess it with my mouth, it's going to happen. You've got to speak it into existence."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.