MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- When West Virginia revealed its tentative depth chart Sunday night, it did so by listing four running backs. If the team could list four, then why not five, especially when the fifth would be the team's leading rusher last season.
Yet junior Andrew Buie was nowhere to be found. Asked Monday on the Big 12 coaches' teleconference if there was an explanation -- and the unspoken implication was that perhaps Buie was disenchanted -- Coach Dana Holgorsen replied, "No, not at this point."
In Holgorsen's view, Buie was merely the fifth-place finisher in the competition, that after he ran for 851 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012.
"I think both him and Dustin Garrison have proven to be guys who have gotten experience, but anytime you add guys like Charles Sims, Dreamius Smith and Wendell Smallwood, it changes the dynamic of that room," Holgorsen said.
Sims, a fifth-year senior immediately eligible after playing previously at the University of Houston, true freshman Smallwood and junior college transfer Smith are the top three on the depth chart.
Garrison, who was the leading rusher in 2011, is fourth.
Garrison and Buie both had injury issues their first two seasons and a year ago Shawne Alston missed four games with a thigh bruise.
"We're in pretty good shape at running back," Holgorsen said. "If the last couple of years have shown us anything, it's that we're going to need more than one. That's for certain. We feel pretty good about our depth at that position. We'll see who gets the hot hand and try to get him the ball as much as we can."
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Holgorsen announced junior linebacker Shaq Petteway will miss the season after tearing an ACL. Petteway, from Steubenville, Ohio, played special teams both seasons and moved from safety to linebacker a year ago. He made 50 tackles and was a reserve at the Sam position.
The 6-foot, 225-pound Petteway played as a true freshman in 2011 and has a redshirt season to use for his recovery. He and sophomore Nana Kyeremeh (shoulder) were lost to season-ending injuries during preseason practice.
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Near the end of camp, special teams coordinator Joe DeForest confessed WVU didn't have a player who could consistently put kickoffs into the end zone. The depth chart listed redshirt freshman Josh Lambert as the place kicker and junior college transfer Nick O'Toole as the punter. No one was listed for kickoffs.
Holgorsen said Monday that was an oversight on his part and that holder Michael Molinari will handle that job, as well as working as the backup punter.