Summer Provides Chance for WVU's Dana Holgorsen to Sample Outdoor Activities

The break between spring and fall football practice is still filled with activities, but West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen does find time to get away for breaks.

In his time at West VirginiaHolgorsen has become an aficionado of the outdoor sports and activities the Mountain State has to offer. Ranging from the simple (hiking) to the edgy (skydiving), Holgorsen has used his free time to experience many of the natural resource options that attract many tourists to the state.

"I'm fortunate to live in Wild Wonderful West Virginia," Holgorsen said recently. "I went trout fishing a couple of weeks ago. I've been whitewater rafting, and I've been doing a lot of golfing and there's hiking trails. There's so much to do. It's one of the best kept secrets in the United States."

Even while getting away a bit, Holgorsen still combines recreation with work. Much of the golf is part of WVU's summer fundraising tour, and in between he's working on recruiting, summer camps, and perhaps most importantly, preparing for the upcoming season. That work includes a breakdown of last year, with a look at tendencies, and preparing overall schemes and philosophies to fit this year's talent. Some of this has already been started on in the spring, with some revisions to blocking and pass protections (sparked by the addition of Joe Wickline to the coaching staff), but it will continue to be refined and planned in preparation for fall practice.

One of the points of emphasis is in pass protection, where the Mountaineers struggled at times last year. The hope is to provide quarterback Skyler Howard with a cleaner pocket and less pressure, which often forced him to move or scramble, thus affecting his accuracy. While WVU certainly will not get away from the run in 2016, an experienced corps of pass receivers backed by promising youngsters and newcomers could allow the passing game to flourish more consistently.


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