That was, perhaps a bit odd, as Howard himself didn't receive any communication about winning the job from the coaching staff. It might have been apparent, given that Howard was getting all of the reps with the first team, but he wasn't, and still isn't, taking anything for granted.
Behind Howard, Elijah Wellman is creating playing time for himself by filling a number of roles in the backfield. Playing as mostly a blocker from the "B" back spot, Wellman has freed up senior Cody Clay to concentrate a bit more on plays from receiver positions, where he roams from inside receiver to tight end to wingback. The duo appears on the field at the same time in some short yardage situations, with Wellman getting three carries during Saturday's scrimmage.
With a shared football background (the duo played against and knew of each other in high school, as their schools are just a 50-minute ride from each other along Interstate 64), it was natural that the two would become good friends at WVU. In this interview, Wellman discusses that bond and how it helps his play on the field.