For the first time during fall camp, the Mountaineers had more than just starting signal caller Geno Smith and backup Paul Millard. Former walk-on quarterback Ian Loy was back with the Mountaineers on Thursday to give the arms of Smith, Millard, the coaching staff and student managers a break.
“I have no idea who it is,” Holgorsen said. “I don’t know his name. I don’t know where he’s from. I don’t know if he can throw left handed or right handed. I don’t know anything.”
Loy wore a helmet in practice and stood by the quarterbacks throughout, but he did not have pads on, as he is not allowed to wear pads in his first two days of practice, according to NCAA rules.
Loy, a 6-foot-1, 168-pound Fort Ashby, W.Va. native, was a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter at Frankfort High School. Loy transferred to WVU from Potomac State Junior College in 2009 and left the football program after that season.
Holgorsen has said he would like to have five quarterbacks on the roster, meaning the team’s walk-on tryouts later this month are still of significance.
“If you’ve got leads on two or three more, we need them,” Holgorsen said. “We need as many arms as we can get.”
For the first time in fall camp, there were nearly a handful of players in the red jersey including starting defensive tackle Julian Miller. Holgorsen said Miller turned his ankle and is “day-to-day.”
Safety Darwin Cook, linebacker Troy Gloster and receiver Andrew Goldbaugh were also in red for minor injuries.
“That list is going to grow,” Holgorsen said.
Senior wide receiver Brad Starks was missing at practice today, and Holgorsen said after suffering a minor injury earlier in fall camp Starks is now dealing with some personal issues.
“He didn’t reinjure his shoulder, but he tweaked something,” Holgorsen said.
Holgorsen said junior quarterback Geno Smith had his best day of camp so far, and his completion percentage is getting better.
“He was calm, and he was communicating better,” he said. “We were probably pressing on him too much for a few days, but the good news is that we didn’t make that mistake two games into the season.”
The first-year head coach said it has been a challenge to slow down Smith during camp to help install the offense. On Thursday, the offense ran at a slower pace, and Holgorsen felt Smith was at his best.
Holgorsen said that he could see playing up to as many as 13 true freshmen players in 2011. He believes all newcomers outside of the offensive linemen have a chance to play this season.