MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Coach Dana Holgorsen pledged that fans attending West Virginia’s public practice in Charleston on Saturday will see the longest spring scrimmage so far.

Starting with a series of Oklahoma drills meant “to get everybody’s juices flowing,” Holgorsen said the Mountaineers will stage a brief special-teams period before going 11-on-11 in live action.

“We’re going to put the ball down and play some football,” he said on Thursday night’s edition of the MetroNews “Statewide Sportsline.”

Saturday’s session is slated to begin around 1 p.m. at Laidley Field, continuing WVU’s attempt at a fan-friendly tour that previously included open practices in Wheeling and Morgantown.

“There’s room for about 19,000 fans in the stadium, and our kids get excited about this,” Holgorsen said. “It’s a two-way street: I now the fans are going to be excited about being able to see their Mountaineers, but our kids really do get a kick out of this.”

The athletic department has announced it will hold a post-practice autograph session.

While reiterating that juco transfer Skyler Howard is enduring rough days learning to run the offense, Holgorsen raved about the quarterback’s commitment.

“You want him to be further along, … but you’ve just got to go through the process,” Holgorsen said.

“I love his attitude. We’ve got to kick him out of the building because he spends so much time there. He wants to watch more film than we want to watch, so we have to get him out of there and say ‘Go be a college kid’ every now and then.”

Holgorsen sounded optimistic about the progress shown on defense, something that is sorely needed after West Virginia has ranked 108th in 2012 in 101st last season.

“I couldn’t be happier with how our defense is playing right now,’ he said. “We have depth, (and) we have better talent across the board.”

Watch Holgorsen’s complete interview at the top of the page.

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  • Josh

    I'm excited to take my son to see the Mountaineers tomorrow, and possible to Morgantown next week. I'm optimistic about this year, what we have coming back, and the coaching changes. I think it is okay to question some of the moves and decisions made by the team, but some of you on here must be miserable. If you only like WVU when they are up, then you are a bandwagon fan. You probably like the Yankees, Duke basketball, and the New England Patriots. Enjoy the ride...the struggles are what make success that much more sweet.

  • Mohigan #22

    I said this last week, but I saw the practice and Howard is not even possibly a Big 12 caliber QB. He should be a distant 3rd string now and that's without Trickett and Crest even around.

    Even 3rd string is in the cards for him only if we are adamant about redshirting Crest and Howard is listed above Logan Moore to save face since we gave him a scholarship.

    Honestly, if Crest is 1/10th the athlete he is supposed to be, I'd expect to see him if injuries force us low on the depth chart because Dana knows this is a make or break year for his job and playing Howard would be the final nail. At least Crest might give us a chance even if he is unpolished. you can't polish a .....

    • JimmyJoeBobRoy Jr.

      Throw Trickett at Alabama... and if he fails, insert Crest from that point on.. Do not allow Crest to face possible injury mentally or physically. A players first game experience can make or break a players confidence his first year.

      • Mohigan #22

        Just curious, what would you say will constitute "failure" against Alabama? I'd say still being able to chew solid food and being oriented to time and place is about as much as we can realistically hope for any QB to manage.

        That's only slightly joking. I don't think it is fair to judge anyone on how we fare in that game.

      • Frederick

        I'd pick Millard too at least for the first game if Trickett hasn't recovered. I definitely wouldn't throw Crest out there against Bama's defense for his first action. Lambs to slaughter for sure.

        Barring Trickett and Millard both going down though, I would not expect to see Crest even playing until later in the season, at the earliest, even if he is the real deal. seeing him being #1 before the stretch run likely means we start 1-4 and look really bad doing it. If we lose to Kansas in game 5 and are 1-4, then it's desperation time so Crest might get the call because Dana sure won't have any incentive to save his eligibility for the next coach.

  • Frederick

    "It means an awful lot to him." Attitude, work ethic... blah blah blah.

    If that is the best thing your coach can say about you and he pointedly avoids even alluding to any aspect of your play, you probably want to get that seat cushion ordered.

  • JimmyJoeBobRoy Jr.

    I keep hearing -- it's about knowing the system, knowing the system.... Folks, you're either good enough to run the system or you're not... I refuse to listen to another year of hearing fans say he'll be better "next year" once he learns the system..... Howard isn't the guy for this years Mountaineer team unfortunately, and he never will be.

  • An actual athlete

    The qb situation in tenuous at best. However in this system if you can get rid of the ball quickly and have athletes in space you can be effective. If the defensive improvement is the same as it was last year we will be in most games. The opener in atl is a tough one but I'm looking forward to it.

  • gnarly dude

    Swing by Cross Lanes on the way home?

  • Jimmy Slade

    Charleston --- no free parking on Saturdays

    Thank you Danny Jones !!!!!!

  • ole sasquatch

    Not surprised about Skler's attitude. You see it in the film when he tucks the ball in and takes off running down the field. Here is a kid who looks as though he is ready to lay it all on the line to win and absolutely enjoys every second of it. He is Hungry. He is tasting it. Just stand back and watch this kid grow.

  • James

    Maybe the team can schedule a practise scrimmage in Huntington at Marshall's stadium to accomodate the fans in Huntington also.

  • JT

    When Paul Millard and Skyler Howard are actually legitimate contenders to start for your football team, things probably won't end well.

    When Clint Trickett is undoubtedly your best option at QB, things probably won't end well.

    • FNP

      Its about knowing the system and having confidence.

  • jay zoom

    although you get to see the practice/scrimmage for free I hear its $20.00 to park. come December (4-8) at best THANKS OLLIE

    • An actual athlete

      What does Luck have to do with parking in Charleston. Also who do you suggest we hire as coach? Or AD for that matter?

    • hailey

      Your man crush on Ollie is very strange, please tell me you are female. Not that there is anything wrong with you being gay.

  • wvjoker

    Good to see so many fans out for the postings. One concerned about what Holgs is wearing, one thinks they try to lose (loose) games and one is going to way until fall to decide if he is a Mountaineer. Go watch the herd... the Mountaineers need real fans.

    • P B and J

      Way (wait). Just saying it happens to the best of us.

    • Billy

      The real fans got fed up and left the building. The drunks stayed. Lets have another

      • wvu09

        They aren't real fans then...and what is wrong with Holgs attitude? Don't we want our coach to be positive?

      • GoEers

        speak for yourself Billy....this Mountaineer fan is looking forward to watching practice in Charleston.... and in less than 5 months from now making the trip to the ATL to watch the opener against Alabama on the big stage.

        Who does your favorite team marshall open up with this year?

        • Billy

          Why would a TRUE West Virginian want to hate on Marshall for? I do not get it. We have only 2 division 1 schools in the state. I hope they both do good. And that makes me no less of a WVU fan than anyone else. This is a WVU topic not a Marshall topic. Also Marshall looks to have a above average season this year, since you brought it up.

          • GoEers

            Why is a Marshall fan like your self reading WVU articles and then posting negative comments? Stick to reading articles about your favorite team and then go post about how great they are going to be while playing the 13th easiest schedule in the country according to an article on cbssportsline.

        • JT

          Going to ATL? What a waste of money.

          • GoEers

            Being a Marshall troll such as yourself? What a wast of a life.

          • GoEers

            You being a Marshall fan and then commenting on WVU related articles? What a waste of a life.

      • Billy

        And Holgy is as happy as a Robertson on a duck hunt.

  • Mister G!

    Holgs wearing the school colors?! It that a real photo or a belated April Fool joke?

  • P B and J

    They would still find a way to loose this game.

    • Go EERS!

      Hey Pb&j this scrimmage is just like playing Marshall...WVU wins every time!

    • P B and J

      Yes, "lose" sorry for the incorrect verbage. Simple grammer/spelling error at 7am. How about this......

      They won't win this game either.

      • Dave

        It's spelled, grammar.

      • Kelsey Grammer

        If PB&J also has a poor sense of direction and can't find Charleston on the map he's qualified to write for MetroNews.

    • hailey

      PB & J you need to spend less time makng sandwiches and spend more time on the english language

      • Mason County Contrarian

        Hailey: you need a comma following "PB&J", you omitted the "i" from "making", "English" requires an upper case "e" rather than lower case, and a period following "language".

        Thank you.

        Go Herd, go Mountaineers!

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  • eerman1

    I'll wait until the fall and then make my decision.