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Holgorsen: Things have to be corrected

New coordinator says offense needs to work on negative plays, sacks

April 19, 2011
By John Wickline - Staff Writer (Contact John Wickline by email at , The Inter-Mountain

MORGANTOWN - Dana Holgorsen, the new offensive coordinator for the West Virginia University football team, said Saturday's live scrimmage gave him the chance to see how his newly installed offense is working.

"From a standpoint of figuring out what matters, you install, you practice without whistles, and you don't know if it's a negative play or a positive play," he said following Monday morning's practice. "You just move on to the next one.

"But in a live situation, you get yourself a little more familiar with where you're at as a unit."

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Holgorsen said the offense had "way too many" negative plays and "way too many" sacks, things that will have to be addressed and then corrected as WVU's spring drills wind to a close over the next two weeks.

"We keep addressing it and talking to them about situational stuff," he said, "the stuff that actually matters in offensive football."

Holgorsen said converted tight end Tyler Urban has been the team's most consistent receiver, forcing Stedman Bailey to move from an inside slot position to an outside spot.

"He and Tyler were playing the same spot, and they were two of our top four guys," Holgorsen said. We moved Stedman out, and he had a great practice, which means Tyler played a little bit more, and he also had a great practice."

Holgorsen said he considers his team's ball security "OK" after the first scrimmage.

"We had one fumble, but we had the ball on the ground probably four times," he said. "In 68 snaps, we turned it over twice. What I stressed to address with them was the ball actually being on the ground five times."



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