Geno Smith is more than capable of running the Mountaineer offense, but he's injury-prone and the only alternative is a true freshman. With other QB recruits leaving the program or switching to other positions, West Virginia's depth at quarterback is becoming an urgent matter. Coach Holgorsen does not exactly sound like a man with a plan:
"We're trying. We're calling everybody in the world. I don't have an answer for you. It's a terrible situation that we're trying to work out. We're looking at junior colleges, prep schools, wherever we can think of.''
"Maybe we can put an ad in the paper or you guys can say we want a quarterback that wants to play and throw the ball to show up and come see me, and if it works out we'll put you out there."
This does not inspire confidence, but desperate times — Holgorsen himself has been throwing passes in drills — call for desperate measures. On Monday Holgorsen sent out a mass email to every student at West Virginia, making them aware of open tryouts later this month:
The West Virginia University football program will host a workout for students interested in joining the Mountaineer football team as a walk-on. The workout will be held on August 22, 2011 at Milan Puskar Stadium.
Registration will take place from 6:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. and the workout will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.
Participants must be a full-time student of West Virginia University and present the following documentation on August 22:
1. Proof of Insurance
2. Completed Physical
3. Proof of Registration as a WVU Student (e.g., printout of class schedule or letter from the registrar)
4. Completed Compliance Form (link for form: http://www.msnsportsnet.com/page.cfm?sport…)
Students must attend the workout in athletic gear in order to participate.
Please contact Rose Barko at (304) 293-4194 or Rose.Barko@mail.wvu.edu with any questions.
Walk-On Schedule (August 22, 2011)
6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., Registration, Milan Puskar Center
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Workout, Milan Puskar Stadium
The walk-on tryouts happen every year, but the school has never made a big deal of them, and certainly never attached the coach's name to an email blast. So if anyone's ever dreamed of being a Rudy on the Monongahela, now's your time. Just please don't hit reply all.