Holgorsen Still Feeling Out Personnel, Praises Inside Receivers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen provided updates on his football team shortly before Tuesday afternoon's practice.

Considering that it's just the second week of spring practice it's not too surprising that there weren't any earth shattering revelations when West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen met with the media shortly before practice. However, the head coach did reveal that a few of the players on the roster were not practicing due to academic and disciplinary issues, among them are Steven SmothersDontae Angus and Jeffery Pooler.

"(Steven) Smothers is working on his academics. There's a reason why they put student before athlete. I got an update on him this morning and he's doing what he needs to be doing. (Dontae) Angus is in the same boat plus some. (Jeffrey) Pooler is out there doing some rolls our bear crawls, something that's going to make him hurt on the inside."

As far as injuries go, the head man noted that the long term guys (Brendan Ferns, Ka'raun White, Dravon Askew-Henry and Yodny Cajuste) were slowly getting acquainted to practicing again. Holgorsen noted that he can tell Ferns is feeling his way back into everything and that the team will bring back Askew-Henry very slowly to assure he will be ready for the opener against Virginia Tech.

As far as on the field performance goes, Holgorsen noted that he is still getting a feel for most of his personnel and that he and his staff are in the beginning phases of scheming for the upcoming year.

"I have no idea what the identity of this team is or what we're going to be able to do well," said Holgorsen. "It's just so early in the spring and we're just figuring out what this team is going to be. We're open at every position and every battle. We're figuring out what our schemes are going to be. We're doing some different things special teams wise and offensively."

While he is still feeling out most of his personnel and getting an idea of what his new players do well, Holgorsen did make sure to praise the play of his receivers and quarterbacks.

"Gary Jennings looks great. David Sills looks really good. (Sills) came in and it was a hobby for him before but now it's a full time job. He looks really comfortable. There are battles on the outside with Marcus Simms and Jovon (Durante).

"Chugs looks really good. Everybody wants to hand (the starting job) to Will (Grier) but Chugunov looks really good. There's a comfort level with him that doesn't exist with Will with the amount of snaps he's taken so those guys are splitting reps."


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