West Virginia Assistant Tyron Carrier Knows His Top Four Receviers -- But He's Not Sharing

West Virginia wide receivers coach Tyron Carrier, along with the rest of the offensive staff, was unhappy with that unit's effort and execution during a mid-point scrimmage of fall camp. Improvements in that area have been made, but Carrier shows the presence of a veteran coach in not handing out praise too quickly -- a caution that even extends to identifying those players that are ready to start.

In West Virginia's post-camp roundup, Carrier indicated that four players "have the potential" to start at receiver, but was coy in identifying them. Asked for names and numbers, he evaded the queries with the expertise of Bill Belichick, albeit with a smile on his face. Carrier's lack of information sharing may leave some guessing, but it's fair to assume that Ka'Raun WhiteShelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts, who were among the first group out in most every open session, would be three of those ready to start. As to the fourth, or other potential additions, Carrier again kept a private line. Gary Jennings would be the top candidate, with Marcus Simms another to watch.

"Hopefully we can get six or seven that we feel the same way [about]," Carrier said of the utlimate goal for numbers with starting potential.

While quite pleasant, and laughingly deflecting attempts to glean more information, Carrier is obviously keeping things very close to the vest. As one of the new guys on the block, he's closely adhering to head coach Dana Holgorsen's desire to keep some information in-house, and to not step outside of any boundaries. This isn't a big issue -- we'll see who starts and plays in just a handful of days -- and it also may reflect Carrier's own desire to coax more consistent effort and play from his charges. It's the "no one's job is safe" mantra, and in this case, aside from the handful that appear to have separated themselves, that may be just the way Carrier is viewing the competition. 

That shouldn't be inferred as meaning Carrier only has four guys that are ready to play at all. He did note that there's still time for players to make moves and get to the level of play he expects. Competition doesn't end when the games begin, and the first-year assistant noted that sometimes players don't emerge until game conditions prevail.

"It's still not all the way there yet," he said of the effort level he wants to see day in and day out. "We have some building to do, but we are very excited about the opportunity coming up. It's West Virginia; you are the show. So you have to go out there and put on. It's basically getting focused on what you have to do."

Attention to detail and daily consistency are coaching points of emphasis in the spring and fall camp, when no definite goal -- the playing of a real game -- lies in the near future. That problem is removed now, though, with the Missouri game just a week away. With a game plan to study and an opponent other than blue-clad defenders to go up against, Carrier hopes that additional motivation and interest level will rise accordingly, noting that some of that comes with the installation of the game plan, and the realization that it all gets started for real quite soon.


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