Dana Holgorsen Discusses Askew-Henry's Injury and Ongoing Position Battles Before Saturday's Scrimmage

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Dana Holgorsen met with media before Saturday's scrimmage and detailed what he hoped to see at some of the different position battles. Holgorsen also gave his initial thoughts on Dravon Askew-Henry's season ending ACL injury.

To start off his media availability Holgorsen immediately discussed his thoughts on junior safetry Dravon Askew-Henry's devastating season ending knee injury. Holgorsen said he hopes the team bands together and deals with the injury similarly to the way they responded to the Karl Joseph injury last year, 

"(Henry's injury) is a shame,"Holgorsen said. "That's two years in a row we have lost our best defensive player and team leader. I told the team last night that we learned how to handle it. Karl (Joseph) was a great teammate and he made everyone around him better. Dravon is going to be the same way. He's going to be a great teammate but the difference is his career is not going to be over here. Dravon will attack it and he'll be back next year."

Holgorsen also implied senior safety Jeremy Tyler would slide over and play free safety. Tyler has played both the bandit and free safety positions during his career at West Virginia

"It's an opportunity for somebody," Holgorsen said. We'll rep Toyous Avery there and Jeremy Tyler there. We know (Jeremy Tyler) can do it but we're looking for some depth."

Holgorsen also noted that him and defensive coordinator Tony Gibson were close to being physically ill when they heard the disappointing news. Holgorsen also stated the injury occurred when Henry and a receiver were both going up for a jump ball. 

In injury news Holgorsen revealed that Rushel Shell would not be participating in the 100 play scrimmage, but noted that he had been very impressed with Justin Crawford and he hinted that Crawford could be moving up the depth chart and could see some first team action when the season kicks off.

While updating personnel Holgorsen also said he felt he had six game ready wide receivers and that there is still an ongoing battle between Marcell Lazard and Colton McKivitz at right tackle.


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