MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Dana Holgorsen met with the media Tuesday for his weekly press conference at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Here are some highlights:
• “The sun came up Sunday and we went back to work” after an embarrassing 37-0 loss to Maryland. “Kids are resilient. Way more resilient that coaches, I can assure you of that.”
• Next up: Oklahoma State, one of the teams WVU knows best. Similar to WVU on offense with athletic quarterback J.W. Walsh that “makes ‘em go.” They’ve always been good up front, too. Oklahoma State will always try to run the ball, they have for years. They play with a “tremendous amount of tempo,” snapping every 20 seconds or so. “Have to be leery of their return guys” in WR Josh Stewart and CB Justin Gilbert.
• Oklahoma State is a top-10 team, “another undefeated group coming in here.” Both WVU losses come on the road to unbeaten teams. Excited to play a Big 12 team with national recognition and a top-10 ranking.
• Holgorsen recruited Walsh, who is now a sophomore: “A winner. A winner. He falls in the long line of Texas high school coaches’ kids … every intangible you want a quarterback to have, he has.”
• Practice approach has been the same this week. “It’s worked for 15 years, we’re not going to change it now.” Changed how he got up and got ready today. Changed the lunch bar. “Sick to my stomach with what happened offensively.” Though he admitted, “We were not the most excited team to play Saturday,” and a mentality change is needed. “I’m going to change my mentality. I’m going to get excited for practice.” Worrying about the play call, worrying about the last play call needs to stop. [asks media, arms crossed: “do I look uptight right now?] He did. “It’s a challenge. I’ve watched that film maybe eight times. It may be hard to believe, but there are things that resemble football.”
• Asked why Clint Trickett, the most experienced quarterback on the roster, has just six snaps? “Because I evaluate him every day in practice. You don’t. … Why do I have 120 guys on the team? Because we made a decision to have them on the team.”
• WVU has fumbled eight times, which is second-worst in the country. How can he fix that? “We can we field a punt, that’s a good start.” Two fumbles came on punts, two on Paul Millard sacks, then one each by Ford Childress (sack), Kevin White, Charles Sims and Wendell Smallwood.
• Injury report: Dustin Garrison had a hamstring issue spring up before the game (day-to-day), Nick Kwiatkoski also bothered by a hamstring (day-to-day).