Camp Holgorsen: Hargrett Leaves Team

West Virginia redshirt sophomore running back Daquan Hargrett has decided to leave the team, head coach Dana Holgorsen announced on Monday. Hargrett was not at Monday evening's fully padded practice after making his decision and speaking with Holgorsen.

"He's decided to move on," Holgorsen said following the Mountaineers' third practice. "He wants to play and feels like he has a better opportunity to go somewhere else and play."

The 5-foot-6, 188-pound speedster from Miami entered fall camp as the third-string running back behind true freshman Vernard Roberts and sophomore Trey Johnson. Incoming freshmen Andrew Buie and Dustin Garrison are also expected to compete for the starting spot at the crowded "A" spot.

Hargrett showed flashes of brilliance at times, particularly in the last two springs. He had two sensational spring scrimmage performances at WVU and actually had what some would consider the lead for the starting running back spot after the first week of spring ball earlier this year.

"We're going to work with him. He's a great kid and has done everything that we've asked him to do," Holgorsen said. "I'll help him go wherever he wants to go."

Hargrett played in six games for WVU last season and had two rushes for 14 yards – all in mop-up duty against UNLV.

  • It was the first padded practice for the Mountaineers this fall. Holgorsen said the intensity was up and notch from the first two practices as expected.

    However, Holgorsen would like to see his team stay on its feet more often, something that NFL teams preach.

    "If there's cheap shots or guys being taken down … you're going to risk getting some guys hurt," he said. "We've got four weeks of camp left, so if we don't learn to do that, it's going to be a long four weeks."

    It was the final day of the offensive installation. WVU will go over the installation from the start again over the next three days.

    "I don't know where we're at now," Holgorsen said. "We're figuring out what we need to get better at and focusing on that. These three days will be more important than the first three days."

  • The WVU football program is indeed in search of a third quarterback. Throughout the first three days of practice, and particularly through the first 30 minutes of Monday's, assistant coaches and a team manager helped split repetitions with WVU's two quarterbacks – junior starter Geno Smith and freshman backup Paul Millard.

    "You have any ideas?" Holgorsen asked. "I don't know what to tell you. I can't make one appear."

    The football program sent an email to all male students for walk-out tryouts. That is something Holgorsen has done before, he admitted.

    The tryout for students will be on Aug. 22. More information can be found at this link.

  • Senior inside receiver Tyler Urban was in a green jersey on Monday due to a minor injury to his head he suffered during the last week of summer 7-on-7's, Holgorsen said.

    It was a precautionary measure, he added.

    "We're just trying to be careful," Holgorsen said. "We just don't want the defense to come up and strike him."

  • West Virginia Congressman David McKinley spoke to the team prior to practice on Monday.


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