Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Holgorsen: 'O' Linemen Not Ready

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Holgorsen: 'O' Linemen Not Ready

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- In the span of a single week of training camp the two freshmen offensive linemen who were lauded for making the two-deep were described like this by West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen Monday night: "They're starting to spin a little bit. It's catching up to them."

With a week left of camp, which wraps up Aug. 19, Holgorsen said Tyler Orlosky, 6 feet 4, 290 pounds, and Adam Pankey (6-5, 324 pounds) are physically ready but not necessarily mentally ready for the demands of the position.

"Hopefully we don't have to play those guys. You want to redshirt 'O' linemen. Physically they're up to speed. Mentally it's going to take some time. We'll keep repping them. And we won't talk about a redshirt situation here for the next few weeks."

That may go for several freshmen, he said, who during 50- something live snaps at practice Monday ranged from good to terrible.

"Our second-team offense looks terrible. They look awful. That's what we're dealing with on offense where you put the second team in and you have a bunch of true freshmen. They don't need to act like true freshmen, they need to get better. Defensively, it's the same thing, but we're not having to put a bunch of true freshmen in on the offensive side, we're having to put freshmen in on the defensive side, and they need to keep getting better like our second team."

Holgorsen said, in fact, he can think of maybe one offensive lineman in his past 12 seasons coaching who made the stretch from true freshman.

"We'll play true freshmen on the [defensive] line, secondary, some receivers, always played running backs. The O line is the one that's hard," he said. "Probably only had one guy do it in the last two years."

Live football

Practice Monday was the fourth of five in camp that are open to media for a 30-minute window. Monday night included live football for the first time. …

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