Entering third year in league, West Virginia getting feel for Big 12

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Dana Holgorsen and his Mountaineers are entering their third year in the Big 12 and couldn’t be more excited. West Virginia opens against Alabama and Holgorsen and his players are up for the challenges that are ahead of them.

“Never been more excited going into a season. Our players understand what the Big 12 is all about,” Holgorsen said. “We’re ready to go, the players have been working hard and they’re up for the challenges this season.”

Biggest issues coming in were the quarterback position and getting better on defense. Clint Trickett enters his second season under center after transferring to Morgantown in May 2013.

“Clint joined our team with a lot of knowledge of the position, but zero knowledge of our offense. It took him a while to understand that,” Holgorsen said. “He had a tremendous game against Oklahoma State last season, got hurt and never was the same again. He needs to stay healthy, that’s the biggest thing. Leadership was missing, but he’ll be able to take that to another level this year.”

Holgorsen continues to make his defensive unit better saying that “you need to prove defensively in order to win in this league.” He added that the conference is much different than West Virginia’s old conference, the Big East, and that you must “play the offenses in the Big 12 quickly.”

“The days of rolling through the Big East are long gone. It’s a whole different ball game in the Big 12. In the two years I’ve been here, we haven’t been dominant,” Holgorsen said. “We’ve been competitive each and every week, but we need to stay the course, develop our talent, recruit better and put together a season that we can be proud of.”

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