Holgorsen presser: Recruiting, redshirts and facility upgrades

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen met with media Tuesday afternoon, three days after West Virginia's bowl hopes died in a 31-19 loss to Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Here are a few notes and tidbits:

• Off-week approach: Player development is important. Not going to spend much time on Iowa State until next week. "This week is more about just coaching our guys." Will be getting redshirt and scout-team guys a lot of reps this week. "Unfortunate" to lose the five or six practices in December that they would have had with a bowl game, but that can be made up this week. Big focus on recruiting this week, too.

• Giving starters a break this week? "Some of those starters need to keep playing ball," they're still green. But there are some starters who have played a lot of snaps so they do need a break, names Shaq Rowell, Nick Kwiatkoski, Will Clarke and Karl Joseph.

• Darwin Cook "is broke down," has groin injury. Plays hard each play, number of snaps has caught up to him. 

• Will Clarke "has played his way into being a potential very high draft pick." Didn't grade out as well against Kansas but that has a lot to do with how worn down he's gotten due to the number of snaps he's taken.

• The problem on Saturday? "The Texas game beat us twice. I talked about it happening, and it did." It was the "first time all year that we didn't play with the effort and energy needed to win the game." If you lose without effort, that's the frustrating part. Says to point the finger at him.

• Recruiting needs: For the first time, "if we meet our quota, which is 25, we're over our scholarship limit." Depth is an option now. "More than likely we'll lose a couple for a variety of reasons," but feels confident they'll have a full roster for the first time at WVU. Retention "is an issue everywhere in college football" — that goes for both players and coaches. 

• On facilitates: weight room is done, but "we've got to be able to meet appropriately, which we can't, and have to be able to practice appropriately, which we can't." Wants to get turf on practice field. "You shouldn't have to practice on your game field. Nobody else does it." Indoor facility: "You gotta blow it up. It's dysfunctional."

• Hasn't had a state-of-the-program with Oliver Luck, but "he understands where we're at and where the program's at and what it's going to take to get better." 

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