West Virginia is two days away from opening the season against No. 2 Alabama in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game (3:30 p.m., ABC), but offensive line coach Ron Crook is still coming up with a plan for the Georgia Dome.
Crook, set to begin his second season with the Mountaineers, has known his five starters since the end of spring practice, but hasn’t figured out what to do with his backups.
“I’m hoping we can get there before we leave,” Crook said. “I’m hoping (today) I can sit down and be able to say, ‘Here’s my plan. Here’s how we’re going to do it.’ ”
Crook will start sophomore Adam Pankey and junior Marquis Lucas at left and right tackle. Lucas has started four times in his career, each at guard, and Pankey has never started and only played seven games. Quinton Spain (26 starts) and Mark Glowinski (12 starts) will start at left and right guard and Tyler Orlosky (11 games, three starts) will start at center.
On a list of five backups only Mike Calicchio, a fifth-year senior recently put on scholarship, has ever played in a game. The backup tackle was part of the shield in front of the punter on the punt team in all 12 games last season and played a handful of snaps on the offensive line. Backup tackle Marcel Lazard, backup guards Stone Underwood and Grant Lingafelter and backup center Tony Matteo have never played — though Underwood redshirted his freshman season at Southeastern Louisiana in 2011 and started 12 games as the center in 2012 at Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Community College.