"That's why you do that to where you can film it and figure out the guys that are mentally weak and the guys who will push through adversity to the point that we can still continue to function when it's hot and we're tired," the first-year head coach said.
The Mountaineers had an 80-play scrimmage, and the reps were split nearly down the middle between the first and second-team players, Holgorsen said.
"The guys that have been there and done that are usually able to handle situations like this," the coach said.
The offense had success driving the ball in the middle of the field, Holgorsen said, but struggled in the red zone.
"We've got to work on everything. We're never satisfied, and Coach Holgorsen puts that in our mind that once you think you've got it, you don't," said WVU quarterback Geno Smith.
Holgorsen said the red zone issues are the reasons the team practices and has more to go before it takes on Marshall on Sept. 4. The coach said his offense's ability to move the ball down the field is a positive step.
"We didn't go out with the intention of not scoring," Smith said. "The defense stepped up and made some plays. They held their own down in the red zone."
In his place in the middle of the defense on Saturday was sophomore Doug Rigg.
"Based on the other guys' strengths and weaknesses, we can move (Goode) to fit what's best for the team," Holgorsen said.
Smith, who has already gone through two fall semesters himself, said it won't be any different for him but will be for the newcomers.
"We've got to balance school and football and be a true student-athlete," Smith said. "Most of the new guys have been here for the summer, so they've got their feet wet."
"They're both right-handed, but that's all I can tell you right now," the coach said.