Mountaineer Head Coach Pleased With Conclusion to Spring Practice

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Dana Holgorsen was pleased with his team's performance in the spring game.

Even though West Virginia's offense was outscored 44-21 (largely because the Blue team received points for every defensive stop), head coach Dana Holgorsen was quite pleased with the way his team played in Saturday afternoon's spring game.

"Really happy with the way today turned out," said Holgorsen. "We had a great crowd out there. I thought our players attacked it the right way. We've had five long weeks of football, and this was kind of more like a reward for them to be able to go out in front of people and have a game atmosphere."

The head man was also pleased with quarterback Will Grier, who finished his day 12-of-18 for 202 yards.

"He looked pretty good to me. Did he look good to you? Yeah. He’s as good as advertised. I just like the kid’s demeanor. I mean, he’s got complete control of the huddle. It’s going to be different when it’s live bullets and he can get hit. We’re obviously protecting him right now. There has been a bunch of spring games and spring practices here over the course of the last four years where I wasn’t protecting those quarterbacks because I think it made (former quarterback) Skyler (Howard) better to get hit. So, Grier, right now -  we’re not going to let anybody come close to him obviously. He’s got complete control. He has a really good idea of what we want him to do offensively. His accuracy is outstanding. The one thing that you can’t see right now because we’re protecting him is his ability to be able to keep the play alive with scrambles and some quarterback run game. He’s better at that than you think because you think since he’s got such a good arm, you think he’s just a pocket guy. But he can move around and make some plays. If you watch that highlight tape from Florida, he’s running around making plays left and right."

Holgorsen wasn't exactly surprised to see Davis Sills have a big day either, as the junior wideout hauled in six catches for 96 yards.

"He’s our most valuable guy right now, which is not surprising. He’s been doing it every day for 15 days. David has a starting quarterback mentality. He’s extremely, extremely football smart. I knew that when I recruited him, and so that rubs off on the guys in the huddle. That connection has been fun to watch, and over the course of the next two years, it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. David is going to keep getting better. He’s committed to playing receiver now, and he gets better every day. I mean, he’s disappointed in himself right now because he didn’t make a couple of the plays that you thought he could have (made). I thought it was a pretty good spring game for him."

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