QB situation lingers for WVU
MORGANTOWN – With West Virginia’s season opener only five days away, third-year head coach Dana Holgorsen is like several other coaches in the Big 12 – still looking for a starting quarterback.
“No, I haven’t picked one yet,” Holgerson said during Monday’s Big 12 teleconference. “I’m not as antsy as I thought I’d be, though.”
That doesn’t mean, however, that the former-Oklahoma State offensive coordinator isn’t close to making a decision.
“We’ve had to narrow it down a bit,” continued the coach. “Clint (Trickett) and Paul (Millard) have both looked good, so we decided to give them both more snaps in practice.
“I’m just glad we don’t play tomorrow. We still have practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to make our decision.”
One that could include playing both signal-callers. A situation similar to the one facing Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy.
“We’re going to play both players,” Gundy explained. “We have two guys who both deserve to play. Both played well in games last season. I guess you can say there is some validity in both sides of the argument.”
The No. 14 Cowboys open the 2013 campaign against Mississippi State at Reliant Stadium in Houston in one of two contests pitting the Big 12 against the SEC.
“More so from the media,” said Gundy to the hype built during the offseason between the two power conferences. “I really haven’t heard much from our players or our coaches.”
But, the veteran head coach does understand the ramifications a victory would mean for his team as well as the Big 12.
“They (the players) understand the importance of playing the game. But, obviously, the voters across the country will have some say in it.”
The other matchup between the two major conferences will occur at 8 p.m. at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington when No. 20 TCU takes on No. 13 LSU.
Texas Tech and first-year head coach Klint Kingsbury kicks off the season at 7 p.m. on Friday when they travel to SMU. Thirty minutes later Kansas State, another program with quarterback questions, plays host to North Dakota State.
“Why did I think that (who the starting quarterback is) would be the first question,” Bill Snyder quipped. “Both will play, but Jake Walters will start.”
WVU will kick off Saturday’s action with the Mountaineers’ noon kickoff against the Tribe from William and Mary. The remainder of the opening slate of games includes UL-Monroe at No. 16 Oklahoma, Wofford at Baylor, Northern Iowa at Iowa State and New Mexico State at No. 15 Texas. The only program not in action this weekend will be Kansas. A fact that drew mixed responses from Jayhawks head coach Charlie Weis.
“Normally, I wouldn’t like this week off,” Weis said. “But, with as many transitional players that we are trying to bring in, I like it.
“We’ll treat Saturday as normally as possible with our players, but we (the coaching staff) will be watching a lot of games in order to get a jump start on some of our opponents.”