MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - Spring football is back for West Virginia. 2017 came to a close with a bowl loss to Utah and now Dana Holgorsen and company are turning the page.
For Holgorsen who's been known to have an offensive mind -- he seems pretty happy with what his team will have on that side of the ball. He says it'll be a mature group of guys.
"Obviously, offensively the most veteran unit that we've had since I've been here," said Holgorsen.
And of course the offense will go through quarterback Will Grier, who had an impressive year before suffering an injury in WVU's next to last regular season game. He did not play in the regular season finale or the bowl game.
But, Holgorsen says Grier's good to go.
"After recruiting in February, he's been 100 percent," said Hologrsen. "Looks good physically, sounds good mentally. He's exactly what you want in a fifth year senior. Things are slower to him. He's out there coaching those other quarterbacks."
On defense, Holgorsen has a lot of trust in defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. And when Gibson asked what his goals were for the spring, he says something as simple as tackling will be a priority.
"Technique is big right now," said Gibson. "Overall, for a defense, we need to tackle better. We're not going to do as much like we've done in the past as far tackling, but we can still work techniques and different things like footwork. Just learning how to tackle."
"Defensively, feel good about going into, I guess, the fifth (sixth) year and it seems like he (Gibson), he's been here forever, but the coordinator aspect of it, the sixth year gives everybody comfort," said Holgorsen. "I just like where the guys are right now."