Back to Work

With his team on a bye week and injuries piling up by the day, Dana Holgorsen and the West Virginia football team deemed last week to be a developmental week.

Throughout the week, Holgorsen and the coaching staff got a chance to spend a few days working out with some of the younger players on the roster who don't usually get a lot of reps on game weeks to help them get a little better for in the future.

With West Virginia missing a bowl game this year, it won't have those practices after the regular season ends to do that, so the Mountaineers took advantage of the opportunity when they could.

"We played a lot of ball last week with our younger guys, those guys that usually don't get a lot of attention. We met them, we practiced them, we went out for three days or so and got some work in," Holgorsen said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. "Everybody says the 15 days (you get to practice prior to a bowl game) is good, and it certainly is. You like going to a bowl game, that's what the goal is every year, and we didn't accomplish that and it's disappointing. But with that said you can still work on program development stuff in the weight room and all that stuff heading into finals."

For now, WVU is back to work getting prepared for its season finale against Iowa State. The final home game and the Mountaineers' 4-7 record means that not only will it be the final home game for the West Virginia seniors but also the final game of their WVU careers.

Holgorsen believes that by itself should provide plenty of motivation for his team coming into the week even though a bowl bid is now out of the question.

The third-year head coach also indicated that a big win to end the season could help keep his team hungry and confident heading into the 2014 season.

"I told them that we've got to play for the seniors," Holgorsen said. "There are about 14 of them who have given a lot to this program and have been through a lot of changes and their attitudes have been phenomenal.

"It's the last time some of these guys are going to be playing football, the last time all of them are going to be playing on Mountaineer Field, so they deserve everyone trying to do their best this week to try to get the win. You play for pride."

While the Mountaineers were able to effectively use the off week to help get some of the younger guys work, it also meant they had time to rest the long list of injured players who have been banged up over the course of the last few weeks.

Junior quarterback Clint Trickett, who missed the Kansas game with a concussion, is cleared to play and will be available to play again this week - although Holgorsen said he will be evaluating the quarterback play throughout the week before deciding on a starter against the Cyclones.

In addition to Trickett, Holgorsen said safety Darwin Cook, offensive lineman Curtis Feigt, cornerback Daryl Worley and linebacker Isaiah Bruce will all be questionable heading into Saturday's game.

"The injury report is not as long as it was a week ago. Those guys rested up," Holgorsen said. "They should be rested and ready to go.

"I talked a lot about the fact that we've got a lot to play for this week. We're looking forward to the challenge to play another Big 12 football game."

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