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Holgorsen, WVU Searching for Offensive Champions

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Dana Holgorsen sent a message to his offensive players this week in a sort of roundabout manner that certainly caught my attention.

When the team issued its weekly game honors, listed under offensive champion was "none." In three years covering this team, I can't recall seeing none.

Now, I've seen many – I've even seen all – and I've seen some who I felt may not have really deserved the honor over others. But typing up a release to send to the media and pointing out that zero athletes were deserving of the honor, well that's something new.

Looking back through the 2010 champions for each game, all 11 defenders were chosen for the wins over Louisville and South Florida while the entire offense got the nod against Cincinnati.

But the research means nothing. This statement was not meant for the media through that release. It was meant for the players through the photo attached on this page.

Darwin Cook is recognized as the top performer on defense as he charges toward Norfolk State's Chris Walley. Next to his photo is a lonely Flying WV logo that is falling out of the frame, ashamed of itself for what it represents.

Geno Smith might look at it and wonder what was so bad about 371 yards passing and four touchdowns. Paul Millard might ask if he could accept the award since he was not part of the debacle of a first half and did exactly what he was asked in the second.

That, however, would ruin Dana Holgorsen's plan.

There were questions in the past regarding whether or not the previous staff held itself and its players accountable and demanded the best out of them. Those questions no longer seem to exist under the current regime. Holgorsen isn't doing it to prove a point; this is just how the man operates.

The Mountaineers will not accept anything like what they've shown in first quarters and even in first halves so far this season. Against Maryland, they not only won't accept it, but they cannot afford it.

If any one of the champions displays remains empty on Sunday – offensive, defensive, special teams or scout teams – you can be sure of one thing: The loss column will no longer be empty for WVU.

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