Dana Holgorsen Gives Insight Into Injuries and Ongoing Competition For Starting Jobs

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen met with media on Friday to give updates on injuries and the overall status of his team. Today marks the second day of full contact practice for the Mountaineers.

Perhaps the biggest piece of news to come out of Dana Holgorsen's press conference was on the status of Xavier Pegues. Pegues, who redshited last fall, underwent shoulder surgery is not expected to be available until late October or early November. This is one reason the Mountaineers made the late addition of Brandon Lawless to the class of 2016 earlier this summer. Holgorsen also noted that Trevon Wesco, Gary Jennings and Elijah Wellman are sitting out of practice due to minor injuries. Jennings has a hand injury, Wellman has an ankle injury, and Wesco has a knee sprain. Holgorsen said none of the injuries are serious and are typical injuries that usually occur in fall camp.

Today marks the second day that the team is in full pads and Holgorsen provided some insight into how everything is progressing. Holgorsen gave some early praise for true freshman Jonn Young, who is competing for the starting punter job.

"Jonn Young has a fantastic leg," Holgorsen said. "What happens when live bullets start coming at him, you have to figure that out. But just watching the ball come off of his foot when he punts looks really good."

Holgorsen also discussed the importance of the tackles improving in pass blocking. He even went so far as to say that last years team was a below average pass blocking team. He expects the addition of Joe Wickline to play a major factor in improving that area in 2016 and says it already looks a lot better. While on the subject of the offensive line Holgorsen also mentioned the battle at right tackle between Marcell Lazard and Colton McKivitz. Holgorsen has been pleased with Lazard's effort in camp to this point.

"Lazard had his best practice since he's been here yesterday," Holgorsen said. "I'm happy with his effort and determination. I'm happy with where he's at going into his junior year. He probably got thrust into the lineup a year earlier that I wanted him to"

Looking at the defensive side of the football Holgorsen said he's not as concerned as Tony Gibson is but admitted he had been keeping an eye more on his offensive players. Holgorsen specifically pointed to Dravon Askew-Henry as a player who looks great and has embraced a leadership role. Holgorsen also said he is pleased with the continuity that his staff has developed and joked that he had never seen coaches that brought their cleats to practice, which is something Blue Adams and Tyron Carrier have done. Both coaches played Division 1 college football and are still able to participate in drills with players.


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