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MORGANTOWN -

A little over two months after it last took the field in an Orange Bowl victory, the WVU football team will be back at it in preparation for the 2012 season.

Spring football practice will begin in Morgantown on March 11 and conclude drills with the annual Gold-Blue Game April 21.

Unlike recent years in which the public scrimmage was scheduled for a Friday night, this year's will be played on Saturday. The return to a weekend game should give more WVU fans a chance to make it to town and get the first glimpse of the team that will attempt an encore following its BCS bowl win.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen begins his first full year at the position after beginning last year as the offensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting. In his first season at WVU, Holgorsen led the Mountaineers to a 10-3 record, a share of the Big East title and a 70-33 win over Clemson on Jan. 4 to wrap up the year.

Quarterback Geno Smith and receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey return to lead an offense that ranked near the nation's top in many passing categories. Both Austin and Bailey surpassed the previous program record for receiving yards and Austin led the country in all-purpose yards.

The defense has many more question marks as it looks to replace a number of key starters lost to graduation.

Holgorsen still has not completed his staff.

West Virginia will have 15 practices between March 11 and April 21 and will hold its pro timing day on Friday, March 16.

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