The new West Virginia uniforms made their debut on Saturday, courtesy of head coach Dana Holgorsen’s Twitter account (@holgorsendana).
Among the Mountaineers’ new gear is a matte yellow helmet. West Virginia last wore a gold helmet in the mid-1970s.
In addition to a new uniform, Saturday is also the national debut of a new-look offense for West Virginia. The Mountaineers lose a difficult trio to replace from last season’s explosive offense. Quarterback Geno Smith and wide receiver Tavon Austin could both be first round selections in next week’s NFL draft. Wide receiver Stedman Bailey should also be taken some time next weekend.
Paul Millard is shaping up as the front runner to replace Smith, but Holgorsen is not prepared to name a clear starter just yet. Whether it’s Millard, or Ford Childress, the next Mountaineer quarterback faces an unenviable task in 2013. West Virginia must also replace key players along the offensive line.
Another quarterback candidate is in Morgantown on Saturday. Florida State transfer Clint Trickett is visiting the spring game, with West Virginia and the USF Bulls his two finalists. Trickett is eligible to play in 2013, as he will receive his degree from Florida State at the completion of the spring semester.