West Virginia football kicks off its season against Virginia Tech on Sept. 3, but fans can catch a glimpse of the Mountaineers this week at Big 12 Media Days.
Dana Holgorsen will take the stage as he tries to follow up his best season in Morgantown. He’ll be joined in Frisco, Texas, by star running back Justin Crawford, safety Kyzir White, linebacker Al-Rasheed Benton and fullback Elijah Wellman.
Here are some of the biggest storylines and questions Holgorsen likely will address at media days.
Can the Mountaineers replicate their success from last season?
West Virginia comes into the season with top-25 expectations after a 10-3 campaign in 2016. However, the Mountaineers lost some major pieces on both sides of the ball. With only eight returning starters, it may be tough for them to match what they did last season.
Dana Holgorsen’s play-calling transition
Holgorsen is giving up play-calling duties to new offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. Spavital had one of the best offenses in the country at Cal. So how will West Virginia’s offense look different in 2017?
Is Will Grier as good as advertised?
West Virginia got good news recently when quarterback Will Grier was ruled eligible for the season opener. Grier led Florida to a 6-0 record before being suspended by NCAA in 2015. The Mountaineers will need him to play that well again to avoid a drop-off in 2017.
The search for a No. 1 receiver
The Mountaineers lost their top two pass-catchers from last season in Shelton Gibson and Daikiel Shorts. Jovon Durante will have a much bigger role this season, but can he be a go-to option for the offense?
Tough task for defensive coordinator Tony Gibson
West Virginia had one of the best defenses in the Big 12 last season. But defensive coordinator Tony Gibson won’t have an easy time matching those results. The Mountaineers defense must replace eight starters, including All-Big 12 cornerback Rasul Douglas, who led the league in interceptions in 2016.