MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen met with the media Tuesday afternoon for his weekly press conference.
Here’s a proper rundown:
• “Bye week comes at a good time for a number of reasons.” Don’t know if WVU had enough in the tank to play Baylor, who was energized and fresh. Gave team Sunday and Monday off. Academics, rest and recovery are the focus this week. “We have a beat-up football team.” Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will practice as usual.
• Injury report: Dustin Garrison (hamstring), Nick Kwiatkoski (hamstring) should practice next week. Ricky Rumph (foot) will be ready next week. Quinton Spain (concussion) will get cleared this week, practice next; same with Ivan McCartney (concussion). Clint Trickett (shoulder) will rest this week, should be ready next week. “Don’t know if that’s going to happen for sure.” Ford Childress (pectoral) should be stronger this week. Wes Tonkery (broke thumb) will hopefully be back next week. Will find out today how much Mario Alford (shoulder) can do.
• Is Trickett the outright “guy” at QB: “Not prepared to say that because I don’t think Ford did anything to flat-out lose the job.” Doesn’t like the dynamic of not having continuity at quarterback. Trickett was good against Oklahoma State, “very average” against Baylor, but he showed grit, toughed it out in challenging environment. “Have liked Ford’s mentality.” Will go with Trickett until Childress does something in practice.
• Offense: “We knew we were going to be a work in progress. Everyone knew it.” Played good teams, had a lot of inexperience, injuries. You can see some improvement. Guys are getting better at technique, knowing what they need to do.
• Offensive line: “They’ve played like our whole offense has: inconsistently.” Likes the lineup there now. Pat Eger will stay at center, will grow.
• Targeting rule: Officials were looking for it. The call on Darwin Cook was “horrendous, horrible, the worst call ever. It was bad.” The officials overturned it and admitted their mistake. Adam Pankey’s was the right call. “He wasn’t malicious with it, but he hit him and it was head to head.”
• Defense: “We reverted back to a lot of the stuff that happened last year.” Had previously been able to stop the run with a relatively weaker box.
• Senior leadership: Came back from Maryland embarrassed and did a great job coming back for Oklahoma State. “Took a step back” against Baylor. “We weren’t up for the challenge.” Environment for Texas Tech needs to be the same one for Oklahoma State. Consistency is the aim.
• Watched Geno Smith get the win last night on Monday Night Football: “It’d be nice to have him. It would be nice to have any of the six last one’s I’ve seen.” Ford and Clint have two games. “It was fun watching Geno.”