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Holgorsen talks about WVU talent, developing players, and Blackmon

West Virginia offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach Dana Holgorsen believes his system can help develop an average player into a great player.

This spring, Holgorsen is putting an emphasis on evaluating talent and developing players.

Asked to compare the talent at West Virginia against the talent at the previous schools he has coached at, Holgorsen admitted, “I don’t know yet.”

“One thing this offense allows you to do is develop kids.  You take a guy like Joel Filani, who was a 2-time all Big Twelve first team receiver his junior and senior year, went to the league and played a little bit, he was absolutely terrible for 2 straight years.  So guys do develop.  This is the beginning product.  I mean, I think the talent is fine, but the way guys develop is what is most important to me.”

“Last year at Oklahoma State, Justin Blackmon was the third best receiver about 2 weeks into camp.  Just based on development and maturity, ended up being pretty good.”

“Maturity is the biggest thing.  He (Blackmon) was 180 pounds in high school, so you don’t know how kids are going to develop from ages 18 to 22.  He absorbed a lot and was really dedicated in the weight room.”

Geno Smith returns at quarterback for the Mountaineers.

Holgorsen said, “We’re playing at a fast rate.  I’m force feeding Geno (Smith), too.  They (the quarterbacks) stare a hole through me sometimes because they don’t get it.  They get it, they turn.  They don’t get it, they stare at me.  That bothers me at times.  I get aggravated, tell them to hurry up, go, and yell at them.  We’re teaching them. I’m doing that on purpose.”

One thing Holgorsen doesn’t worry about is arm strength.

“I don’t care about arm strength. That’s about #9 on my list.”

West Virginia opens with Marshall, Norfolk State, and at Maryland.  In week #4, LSU travels to Morgantown.  The game will undoubtedly be nationally televised.  We’re hoping to see Holgorsen crush a Red Bull just before kick-off.

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