Week three features the Mountaineers first of two bye weeks and head coach Dana Holgorsen laid out much of what will be on the schedule for the upcoming week. The team will focus more on developmental work than in a typical game week, but will start preparing for BYU as early as today. Holgorsen said that he used to be opposed to starting preparation over a week out for a team but he has changed his outlook over time. Although West Virginia will start prepping for the week four tilt against BYU, they won't dive too much into it this week and save more of the arduous game planning for next week's practices.
Holgorsen also touched a little bit on last week's Youngstown State game, revealing that there will continue to be shuffling along the offensive line as Adam Pankey will continue to rotate with Tony Matteo and play some tackle as well. The workload at tackle could be because Colton McKivitz struggled at times in his first start, but that's not to be unexpected from a redshirt freshman. After discussing some of the specific performances Holgorsen did reiterate that he was overall pleased with the performance of the team and its ability to overcome an adverse first half. He did admit, however, that he hasn't learned anything about his team after the first two games.
After reflecting on last week's game and discussing the beginning prep work for BYU, Holgorsen discussed his plans for the impending weekend. While bye weeks are often a week off for fans to watch football and relax, there is no time for the Mountaineer coaching staff to do so. Each of the assistant coaches will be making recruiting trips as Holgorsen and assistant coach Joe Wickline will head down to the talent-rich Mississippi to evaluate junior college prospects and hopefully find the next Justin Crawford. During the visit Holgorsen mentioned that he will get to see his nephew play and watch former Mountaineer quarterback Clint Trickett coach.null