West Virginia Head Coach Dana Holgorsen Provides Updates - Including An Early Injury - At The Onset of Fall Camp

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Before Tuesday evening's practice West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen met with members of the media to discuss the beginning of fall camp. Holgorsen discussed a variety of topics including his thoughts on new NCAA social media rules, a possible position change and the potential of his receiving core.

When Holgorsen was asked about a new NCAA rule that allows coaches to more actively communicate with recruits on social media platforms he seemed less than thrilled and even went so far as calling the change in legislation nauseating.

"Absolutely nauseating," Holgorsen said with a tone of disgust in his voice. "I think the NCAA will revisit that. The bottom line is they made it a lot harder to recruit and they made their life a lot easier. Leave it to the NCAA to make it easier on them and harder on us."

After outlining his displeasure with the NCAA's newest changes in regulation, Holgorsen provided some insight into WVU's fall camp. The most notable piece of news is that defensive lineman Jaleel Fields will be out for the season after undergoing knee surgery in the offseason. As a result of Fields' injury Chase Behrndt is getting some time playing nose tackle. Holgorsen said Behrndt reminds him of Kyle Rose because of his wrestling background and mean streak.

Second, it's no secret that expectaions are high for West Virginia's wide receivers this season, but Holgorsen wasn't ready to compare them to his better units at Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. Those groups included players like Wes WelkerMichael Crabtree and Dez Bryant among others. However, Holgorsen did say this might be the fastest group of receivers that he's been around. 

"This is collectively the fastest group I have had," Holgorsen said. "That doesn't mean they're the most productive or any good at all, but collectively it's the fastest group I have had, probably ever."

Holgorsen also praised the play of junior college transfer Justin Crawford, saying he is currently ahead of freshman Martell Pettaway.

"(Crawford) looks good," Holgorsen said. "He's twitchy and fast. He's been here all summer so he's ahead of the curb. We don't have to teach him what to do."

It will be important for both backs to be ready for the season as the Mountaineers try ease the sting of the early departure of Wendell Smallwood. The news should be encouraging though, especially after the breakout performance that Kennedy McKoy had in the spring.


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