Tuesdays with Holgorsen are back, ladies and gentlemen.
The Mountaineers are in their first week of school and going through their mock week before the first game week of the season. This time next week travel plans will be more discussed and the focus will be on the Volunteers and a business trip to Charlotte.
Now is a time for maintaining health and good energy, while getting settled in the first week of school. And it seems the head coach is good with where his team is during mock week.
“We had a good scrimmage on Saturday; I was very happy with that. We had a really good weekend around here, and we got a lot of work done. I was very pleased with the scrimmage in general. Today and tomorrow, monitoring weather – there are cells everywhere, that’s another annoying part of my job – but we have to get out there,” Holgorsen remarked. “We have to practice today, we have to practice tomorrow, and we’ll start introducing some of our opponent with Tennessee. I’m not going to talk too much about it until next week with you guys or our team.”
Mock week is all about preparing the team, young and seasoned for what the rest of the season will look like. This is good for players who are not used to traveling on a weekly basis, as many young adults have not been in the situation to travel for work week in, week out.
“We have a lot of new guys that haven’t experienced how we do things on a travel Friday and a game day situation on Saturday,” Holgorsen said. “So, we’ll get a lot of work done when it comes to the logistics when it comes to those three days.”
Coach Holgorsen presented some insight to the media present on the team’s Saturday scrimmage from last weekend. The head coach pointed out that the team was able to focus and maintain the energy and intensity needed in order to have a successful scrimmage.
“The overall energy, I thought, was really good. Sometimes after you get two-and-a-half weeks into beating on each other, you get tired of it, and you really don’t want to do it again. We’ve had less tackle reps due to how we’re supposed to practice. I think that probably had something to do with it – less scrimmage reps, less live reps,” Holgorsen said. “I was happy with that, the energy. Offense made some plays, defense made some plays, a lot of special teams work. We’re getting after each other on special teams a little bit as well, so that looked pretty clean.”
The football team had referees present at Saturday’s scrimmage, where they were free to intervene and throw flags. This was the best way for the team to get a deeper understanding of any rule changes or new rules put into play for the 2018 season.
“We had referees here; we had an hour meeting prior to that scrimmage on rule changes, which there are quite a bit of rule changes this year. So, I feel like we understand those rule changes a lot better,” Holgorsen pointed out. “They were free to throw flags, and there weren’t a whole lot of flags being thrown. That’s always encouraging.”
This week is truly the calm before the storm for the 2018 football season. The Mountaineers are staring down a short road to the start of their work year, the season is merely days away. Judging by the tone of the head coach, coaching staff and players, the Mountaineers are ready.