THE STRUCTURE of practices has finally started to advance the competition among quarterbacks Clint Trickett, Ford Childress and Paul Millard. Holgorsen said the Mountaineers were giving each quarterback 33 percent of the reps in offensive drills, but that the plan has changed. Holgorsen will pick two quarterbacks a day and let them split the snaps. The third will watch, but be a part of the pairing the following day.
"They'll all still get equal reps over the course of the final (eight) practices, but they're starting to get 50 percent of the reps now - and 50 percent of the 50 percent will be first-team and second-team reps," Holgorsen said. "But it will be 100 percent equal the next (eight) practices. Then we'll make a decision."
Holgorsen said he'd like to establish an order by the final camp practice Aug. 17, but that he's willing to wait. Whenever he makes a call, he's inclined not to share it with the public, though that might be pointless.
"I would be surprised if you don't know," Holgorsen said. "We try to get the guys to keep as much of what happens inside the building to the people who know, but with social media and emotions, who knows how that goes?"
Holgorsen said there is a possibility he could announce a starter far in advance of the first game.
"It depends on how clear-cut it is," he said. "If it's real close, we'll keep it as close to the vest as we possibly can. If it's clear-cut, we'll probably let everyone know."
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THE MOUNTAINEERS have a few quirks in their schedule and things they haven't had to endure since 2005.
The Big 12 opener in the second week at Oklahoma is the earliest WVU has started conference play since beginning the 2005 season with a Big East win at Syracuse.
"You've got to play them sooner or later," Holgorsen said. "When you play them, I don't know if that matters. There are going to be some teams that are especially experienced teams - I don't know how you technically categorize experienced teams from inexperienced teams - but I guess the more experienced teams are going to be a little bit better early and the inexperienced teams, if they have the pieces in place, should gradually get better at the end of the year."
WVU also has its first open week after the sixth game, the longest wait for a break since the pause in 2005 came after the seventh game. That delay gives WVU an advantage at the back end of the schedule, where WVU finds an open week after the 11th and 12th games.
"I wish it was a little bit more evenly spread out, but there's nothing I can do about it," Holgorsen said. "One thing at the end of the year - and I've been vocal about this - is this is the first year we get that last week to recruit. Our last game is (Nov. 30). A bunch of other teams are playing Dec. 7. There are eight Big 12 teams playing on the 7th and two that are not playing. We're one of the two not playing on the 7th. We get an extra week of recruiting, which doesn't seem fair to me."
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