"We're still looking for a couple more," Holgorsen said when asked about his receivers. "A lot of times the goal with balance is between how much you run and pass. We've been doing this for a long time, 15-20 years, and our goal is to spreading the ball around to specific people. We want to put five skill guys out there and spread the ball around to all five and make them as productive as we can be."
Senior transfer Devon Brown ranks 16th in the conference with 10 receptions and 11th in yardage with 164. The next Mountaineer to appear on the conference's receiving yards list is freshman running back Dustin Garrison, who has five catches for 60 yards.
"Brown is our fourth receiver and he had more than 100 yards 1/8against Norfolk State3/8,' Holgorsen said. "Those four have done a good job but we need to continue to develop the running back position and get them more involved as well."
Since taking over the program in June, Holgorsen and his assistants have been careful not to disparage the previous offensive coaching staff. Even where their philosophies diverged, the common sentiment was that last year's coaches did what they felt was right for the program. On Monday, however, Holgorsen targeted one decision he thought the previous staff missed out on.
"Ivan McCartney should've been redshirted last year," Holgorsen said.
McCartney is steadily developing into one of Smith's favorite targets but was rarely used last season, appearing in 12 games but finishing the year with one catch for 4 yards as a true freshman.
That lack of experience stunted McCartney's growth and is forcing him to play catch-up.
"He's playing well and he's improving every day," Holgorsen said.
"He hasn't played a whole lot of football but his attitude is great, his work ethic is great and his ball skills are great. He's a guy who should continue to get better as the year goes on."
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