DeForest said he's used four players to replace Petteway and two each for Ezemma and Kyeremeh, but it goes deeper than that.
"Let's just take Nana," De-Forest said. "Maybe one of Nana's backups was a starter on offense or defense. You're not going to put that starter on more than one unit. Now you plug someone else in. Well, he could have been a backup somewhere else. Now you've got to plug a new guy into a backup spot now that that other backup is starting."
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DEFOREST DEFENDED the decision to let Josh Lambert attempt a 55-yard field goal for his first career kick. He said the redshirt freshman made a pair of kicks from 57 yards and others from 54 and 52 during camp. The first-quarter attempt fell short and wide of the goal posts.
"It all boiled down to his plant foot was all wrong - his plant foot was too close to the ball," DeForest said. "The guy can make it from 65. I hated it being his first field goal attempt, but I'm almost glad because I've said this before to other kickers: I'm almost glad if you miss one in the first game.
"I had a kicker miss none the first 11 games and the pressure became ungodly to him. Now you can take a deep breath and say, 'OK, I'm not perfect. Let's go.' I feel good that he can make them. If you're 50 percent from 50 and out, that's good. I think from 50 and in he'll be close to 70 percent."
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WVU HAD one of the most memorable offensive days in school history in last season's 50-49 loss to the Sooners. Tavon Austin rushed for 344 yards and the Mountaineers finished with 778 yards of offense.
"I'm not going to go into specifics, but we have not watched that tape," Holgorsen said. "And we won't."
It wouldn't do WVU much good. After giving up more yards to WVU than to any other opponent in school history, allowing 490 yards and 48 points to Oklahoma State and then 633 yards and 41 points to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl, the Sooners made changes.
Oklahoma's starting lineup in last week's 34-0 win against offensively capable and creative Louisiana-Monroe had three defensive linemen, two linebackers and six defensive backs. They allowed just 166 yards.
"I didn't put players in good enough positions as a coach to make plays (against WVU) and that's frustrating,'' defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. "It was a long, difficult night. But between that night and what happened in the bowl game, it obviously convinced us that we need to adjust our defense and be more flexible and diverse."