In, Then Out

When Brad Starks was forced out of action after undergoing surgery to repair a sprained AC joint in one of his shoulders, WVU offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen didn't have to look far to find a suitable replacement for the senior-to-be.

With Stedman Bailey and Tyler Urban continuously making plays at inside receiver in the early portion of spring practice, Holgorsen saw the chance to move one of his better players outside to fill the void left by Starks.

Urban, a converted tight end, didn't exactly fit the physical mold of an outside receiver, so it was Bailey who got the call. He has continued to thrive, largely because he mentally prepared himself for such a move during the first week of West Virginia's practices, when Holgorsen installed the core of his offense in the first three days of drills.

"Each day when we installed plays, I kind of tried to memorize what each person on the field was doing, just in case it interferes what what I'm doing and just knowing everything," Bailey explained. "It was kind of fuzzy a little bit [shortly after the move outside], but I've pretty much got it down pat now."

The responsibilities at the respective positions are a bit different, at least in general, according to the redshirt sophomore.

"You'll see the outside guys take a lot more deep shots than the inside," Bailey said. "[When I'm inside] I'm pretty much bobbing and weaving, you know, through traffic. But we can all make plays, so no matter which part of the field you're on at receiver, you've got a chance."

Bailey touched on those topics, as well as his personal preference between the two positions and what might happen when Starks returns to full health again, in this interview.

Stedman Bailey Interview

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