WVU Sports with Mike Casazza

(Update!) Thoughts from Day One

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In honor of Dana Holgorsen’s passing offense, I taped this with a slant. My bad if you don’t like it. And I forgot to mention one player who was at practice: Previously suspended defensive back Travis Bell.

(Nighttime update: Jacky Marcellus is out for the season with a knee injury, so he won’t be the guy I referenced as a possible inside receiver. Dana said K.J. Myers made the move inside, so I’d guess Gibson, who I used hypothetically, is a keeper outside. That’s not bad news.

There were only a few other injuries and the biggest is K.J. Dillon. He rolled an ankle during his break and will be out about a week. We knew Jared Barber would be slow to recover, and Dana said he’s about a month away as he rehabs a torn ACL, but that’s probably not abnormal since he got hurt in the Texas game.

Also, Walter Rauterkus left the team after a short time on campus.

Now, for the first-year players. These things are touchy every season, which is why I was so impressed and, frankly, excited about avoiding the drama last season. Anyhow, it’s difficult to get a straight answer on the first day and different people hear different things and then we ask people different things and get different answers. It’s ripe for misinformation.

I tweeted earlier that I was told Jacob McCrary was good to go. The same person later told me that was premature, and that was after Dana’s press conference, where he mentioned Dontae Angus and Jaylon Myers and said they were not yet cleared. He didn’t mention McCrary, who is on the roster, so it was probably safe to assume he was good to go.

But I’m going to say that’s not correct as of now, and Dana probably forgot about it, or wasn’t asked about it, and just didn’t mention the kid. He also left Justin Scott out of the conversation, likely for the same forgetfulness. I doubt he’s worried much about guys who aren’t here.

So, officially, none of those four guys are good to go, but we can assume, albeit dangerously, that McCrary is the best “bet” among those four since he’s on the roster and some thought had to go into that. I doubt Myers makes it. You might see one or two of the four make it. And remember, Darrien Howard went deep into camp last year before he was approved.

Hopefully that clears up the confusion and makes up for the time I left you in the lurch. I wanted to get a vlog to you fast and because I wouldn’t have time after Dana’s presser. Newspaper deadlines aren’t fun for readers, either.)