Just seven days stand between now and the start of Mountaineer football season. The changes will be evident, and here are seven.
Garrett Hope, former linebacker, will be lining up at the fullback position this season. After going through spring practice at inside linebacker, the coaching staff decided to flip Hope to the offensive side of the ball. As for Garrett, he is still learning the position through his teammates and coaches.
"Cody Clay helps me a lot. I stand by him at practice and learn from him and my coach as well," said Hope. "Tyler Urban has also helped me."
Although his role is different, Hope is confident that past experience at the position in high school will help.
"I played the position in high school so that should help make the transition easier."
The position of quarterback is still up for grabs. Millard, Childress or Trickett will take the role over the next seven days. Fans all have their pick for who they would like to see lead the Mountaineer offense, but the same cannot be said for the coaching staff. The decision is a tough one, according to Coach Holgorsen.
"The closer it is the harder it is."
As for a deadline for finding out who will win the starting job is unavailable, one thing is for certain; the decision is just 168 hours away. When the Mountaineers take the field next Saturday afternoon, one of the three players will assume the role.
Tavon Austin, Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey. These names will forever be in the hearts of Mountaineer fans around the country. As for this season, WVU will be without these three school record holders.
The nightmare is over. In what was termed as a bad dream by several alumni, the gray uniforms are gone. A complete makeover was given to Mountaineer uniforms. Fans can expect a classic jersey combination for the season opener against William and Mary.
As with all sporting events, food options are a critical component. Fans can expect better selection this season. Not only will the options be improved according to Sodexo, the company that provides concession services at Milan Puskar Stadium, fans will also experience less wait times. Credit card machines have been installed to help fans not miss any game action. In addition, premium seat holders will have the option to order from their seats.
On a humerous note, Coach Holgorsen may be driving a new ride after a minor collision Friday morning. The accident resulted in a citation and a wrecked car. Time for the Mountaineers to wreck William & Mary next Saturday!
Last but not least, a change should be expected on the scoreboard. Most Mountaineer fans would be ok with less points and better defense. However, scoring will put less pressure on the defense. Whatever it takes to get the win is the best philosophy here.
In seven days, the anticipation will be over. Let the countdown begin.