Interesting thing about WVU’s football roster: No fullbacks.
Everyone is a running back and neither Dana Holgorsen nor Robert Gillespie will discriminate between the bigger backs or the smaller backs.
WVU has 10 running backs on the roster and no longer makes the distinction between running backs and fullbacks like Clarke, Matt Lindamood and Ricky Kovatch. There’s been little difference on the field, either, as everyone runs and catches the ball and blocks to get better at the all-important pass protection in Dana Holgorsen’s pass offense.
Gillespie has offered no other option early in spring practice.
“I’m fine putting Ryan Clarke back there to carry the ball and block and I’m fine putting Trey Johnson out there to run out the backside and go cut the defensive end as much as I am Lindamood – but Trey Johnson better get his little (posterior) back there and cut that end if he wants to play football and carry the ball,” Gillespie said. “That’s the way we’re teaching them right now.”
Gillespie, as you can probably tell, has a way with words that seems to inspire something in his pupils. The mere message that everyone is everything and all will be treated and evaluated evenly is music to all ears in the backfield.
And in particular, the players who were in the background last season but have an opportunity to start anew in 2011.
“Bringing in the new (offensive) coaches is one of my favorite things,” Hargrett said. “I would have loved to show the other coaches that I could do it, but bringing in new coaches, everyone starts from scratch.
“It’s like coming in here from high school, just proving myself, as if they recruited me, and I just go out and play where I think I should have been, the way I played in high school.”