Mountaineer QB Mentor Dissects Camp Play

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - He's a 23-year-old in charge of players less than a half decade younger. But West Virginia offensive graduate assistant Michael Burchett, the lone Mountaineer staff member to focus solely on quarterbacks, has smoothed the tension in that relationship, and made the transition from player to coach.

Burchett transferred to West Virginia from Kentucky in 2011 as a result of the severe arms shortages early in the Dana Holgorsen tenure - remember former assistant Shannon Dawson throwing passes in practice? - before eventually returning to Kentucky. Burchett grooved the pass game there, and began to gain insights into the full offensive scheme before deciding to enter the coaching ranks.

He had a trio of choices for a grad school position: WVU; Kentucky under Dawson, the new Wildcats' coordinator; or to follow former UK coordinator and now Troy head coach Neal Brown to the Alabama-based school, where he was hired in November. Burchett weighed the options, eventually choosing the Mountaineers in January, and being assigned to the quarterbacks. Holgorsen is still the primary source for the signal callers, working the meeting rooms and delving out key instructions. But it's Burchett who spends the majority of the individual and unit-based portions of practice with Skyler Howard, William Crest and the now slew of others that give West Virginia a depth that likely would have pushed Burchett to another school four years ago.

Now Burchett runs the drills, corrects footwork, and generally supplies the minutiae of every minute coaching in the Holgorsen offense. Burchett, below, discusses his history and the developments of WVU's quarterbacks during this fall camp. He also details the strengths of each game, as well as aspects of corrections, plus his expectations and the goals as the second week of camp closes with a 100-play scrimmage on Saturday.

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