MORGANTOWN - The intensity level of this summer's workouts has been cranked up a notch or two, as the West Virginia University football team readies itself for another grueling August camp.
"It's been a pretty tough off-season in the weight room," defensive end Julian Miller said Wednesday. "The workouts have definitely been turned up in volume (because) the team is going through a change. The extra work is needed."
Quarterback Geno Smith said he has been spending as much time as he can watching film, so that he can learn from past mistakes.
"I'm trying to get better at the things I wasn't good at in the spring," he said, "which was pretty much everything."
Smith, his receivers, and the defensive backs have been spending the summer doing 7-on-7 drills, hoping that their time will only need fine-tuning when practice resumes.
"When it comes down to throwing, the offensive line and defensive line are just bumping heads," Smith said. "It's all about the secondary and the receivers. That timing is important."
Receiver J.D. Woods is hoping to use the summer to improve his spot on the depth chart.
He said he is viewing every workout as a job interview.
"Coach (Dana) Holgorsen is pushing me to work as hard as I can," Woods said. "Consistency is what I need to work on. If you run your routes lazy, it's going to mess up the timing."
Smith said Ivan McCartney, who played with Smith in high school, has great potential, and his success will depend upon how hard he works.
"Ivan has a great up-side," Smith said. "It comes down to his work ethic and if he wants to be great. Whoever works the hardest, whoever wants it more will play."
Smith said he has not noticed any changes in his relationship with Holgorsen, who assumed the coaching reigns a year earlier than originally anticipated.
"Coach Holgorsen is a straight-forward guy," Smith said. "He's the same cool, laid-back guy he was when he got here. He's here to help us win, and we want to win for him."