"I've been talking to the seniors about leadership and hoping that they will provide good leadership, and that we need it," said Rodriguez.
While some of the seniors have heeded the call, some have fallen somewhat short of the mark, according to the coach.
"It's not that they've been bad leaders, but at some points some of the seniors have been non-leaders. We're looking for some leaders and some guys that will take charge. If not seniors, then we'll have to look at underclassmen."
No matter the outcome of the meeting, the real proof of its effect will come on the field in November. The Mountaineers need not only a win, but a convincing win, over the Scarlet Knights to give them a springboard for Syracuse. No one knows that better than Rodriguez, who admits that his team's back is against the wall.
"We face an elimination game every week."
The health situation continues to bounce up and down. Free safety Rick Sherrod will probably return to start, but backup Jahmile Addae will get some time, and also some stints on special teams, since his redshirt is now broken.
Linebacker Grant Wiley will continue to split time with Corey McIntyre, as his hamstring is still not 100%.
Cornerback Lew Daniels is still questionable for Saturday.