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April 12, 2013

Holgorsen's Take Practice 11-Depth Chart Released





Head Coach Dana Holgorsen isn't shy about the fact he wouldn't put too much stock in the most recently released spring depth chart.

In fact, the prime reason it was even put together was to give the media relations members something to use for the Gold-Blue game.

"It's very tentative. That can change on a day-to-day basis, we have not even talked to guys about being starters," he said.

Holgorsen mentioned multiple times that the list is very much subject to change at any moment, which can range from Saturday's practice until the fall, but the initial depth chart of the spring looks like this.

Offense:
Pos. No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown

WR (X) 19 K.J. Myers 6-2 197 r-So. Jacksonville, Fla.
6 Daikiel Shorts 6-0 201 Fr. Clayton, N.J.

LT 67 Quinton Spain 6-5 335 r-Jr. Petersburg, Va.
79 Nick Kindler 6-6 298 r-Sr. Camp Hill, Pa.

LG 78 Marquis Lucas 6-4 312 r-So. Miami, Fla.
69 Tony Matteo 6-4 296 r-Fr. Clinton, Ohio

C 76 Pat Eger 6-6 302 r-Sr. Jefferson Hills, Pa.
65 Tyler Orlosky 6-4 296 r-Fr. Cleveland, Ohio

RG 64 Mark Glowinski 6-5 305 r-Jr. Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
73 Russell Haugton-James 6-5 312 r-So. Plantation, Fla.

RT 62 Curtis Feigt 6-7 314 r-Sr. Berlin, Germany
79 Nick Kindler 6-6 298 r-Sr. Camp Hill, Pa.

IR (Y) 83 Connor Arlia 5-9 181 Jr. Weirton, W.Va.
10 Jordan Thompson 5-7 168 So. Katy, Texas

WR (Z) 11 Kevin White 6-3 211 Jr. Macungie, Pa.
82 Devonte Mathis 6-1 210 r-Fr. Miami, Fla.

QB 14 Paul Millard 6-2 219 Jr. Flower Mound, Texas
or 7 Ford Childress 6-5 234 r-Fr. Houston, Texas
or 12 Chavas Rawlins 6-2 202 Fr. Monessen, Pa.

HB (A) 88 Cody Clay 6-3 252 r-So. Alum Creek, W.Va.
89 Will Johnson 6-6 248 r-Fr. Maple Grove, Minn.

RB (B) 13 Andrew Buie 5-9 190 Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
29 Dustin Garrison 5-8 182 Jr. Pearland, Texas
2 Dreamius Smith 5-11 217 Jr. Wichita, Kan.

Defense:

DT 98 Will Clarke 6-7 273 r-Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
45 Eric Kinsey 6-2 265 So. Miami, Fla.

NT 90 Shaq Rowell 6-4 305 r-Sr. Maple Heights, Ohio
95 Christian Brown 6-3 308 So. Miami, Fla.

DE 93 Kyle Rose 6-4 283 r-So. Centerville, Ohio
97 Noble Nwachukwu 6-2 271 r-Fr. Wylie, Texas

SPUR 37 Wes Tonkery 6-2 222 r-Jr. Shinnston, W.Va.
44 Hodari Christian 6-0 218 Fr. McKeesport, Pa.

SAM 31 Isaiah Bruce 6-1 231 r-So. Jacksonville, Fla.
47 Doug Rigg 6-1 237 Sr. Oradell, N.J.

WILL 35 Nick Kwiatkoski 6-2 232 r-So. Bethel Park, Pa.
33 Jared Barber 6-0 233 Jr. Mocksville, N.C.

BUCK 17 Dozie Ezemma 6-2 235 r-Sr. Pomona, N.Y.
42 Garrett Hope 6-3 245 So. The Woodlands, Texas

BC 23 Brodrick Jenkins 5-10 183 r-Sr. Ft. Myers, Fla.
15 Rick Rumph 5-11 182 So. Daytona Beach, Fla.

FS 8 Karl Joseph 5-10 200 So. Orlando, Fla.
9 K.J. Dillon 6-1 200 So. Apopka, Fla.

BS 25 Darwin Cook 5-11 203 r-Sr. Cleveland, Ohio
24 Jarrod Harper 6-1 212 r-Fr. Frostburg, Md.

FC 7 Nana Kyeremeh 5-10 180 So. Worthington, Ohio
20 Brandon Napoleon 5-11 178 r-Fr. Rahway, N.J.

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On the injury front redshirt freshman offensive guard Adam Pankey had successful knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and isn't expected back until October. Wide receiver Dante Campbell remains out with a shoulder and will be released in July, cornerback Terrell Chestnut remains out with a knee injury and will be released in July, while two limited participants in linebacker Jewone Snow (shoulder) and cornerback Avery Williams (neck) will be released in May.

Redshirt senior offensive lineman Pat Eger remains out with an ankle injury, but did participated in the early portions of practice Thursday. However, he did have any snaps from the center spot and remains day-to-day. Junior running back Andrew Buie is also day-to-day with a hamstring injury.

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There are four-practices remaining in the spring including the annual Gold-Blue game and Saturday will be a heavy practice that includes a mini-scrimmage before the Mountaineers will hold their first full scrimmage of the spring Tuesday. Thursday's practice before the spring game will be un-padded. Up until this point the bulk of the work has been focused on fundamentals, teaching and team reps, as the coaches have spent the majority of their time evaluating and teaching. And while Holgorsen isn't ready to name any starters, he has been impressed with how his team has worked through the spring.

"When they come in, they are eager to learn," he said.
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One of the bigger storylines from the open practice sessions over the past couple days has been the position switch of former Miami athlete Vernon Davis to wide receiver. Davis has been playing primarily at the cornerback position throughout the spring, but was moved Tuesday when Holgorsen observed the way he moved on punt returns.


"He was running forward at a faster rate than he was running backwards. He was sticking his toe in the ground and he was fluid," he said.

The position switch is anything but concrete, as Holgorsen still plans to evaluate him, but Thursday Davis sported a white offensive jersey after wearing blue on Tuesday.

Davis has been running with the third or fourth team at cornerback, and now the responsibility will fall onto the young players at the position to step up. But even with Davis impressing with his punt returns, Holgorsen isn't ready to anoint him or any other players at that spot yet especially with several skilled athletes entering the program this summer.
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The quarterbacks will be mixed during the spring game and will rotate, along with the wide receivers. In general there will be plenty of moving parts during the game.

"You want it to look good for the fans that come. It is going to be a festive day, and we want it to resemble football," Holgorsen said.
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Holgorsen touched on the Mountaineer mentality and program pride presentations that have been ongoing in the Puskar Center as a way for the team to become more familiar and educated on what they represent and the history of the state.

"We have taken different aspects in terms of what this program is about and who we are. We want to embrace different traditions, understand the past and learn about this great state. We want to educate them. How are all of our young kids going to understand all about it unless we educate them on it?" he said.

One of the most recent examples was focused on John Denver's classic "Country Roads," which Holgorsen refers to as one of the best traditions in college football. Each player was instructed on the song and then sung it. Well everyone except quarterbacks coach Shannon Dawson.

"We didn't actually let him sing it," Holgorsen said.


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