Dual Responsibility

Most observers know just how much responsibility the three safety spots in WVU's 3-3-5 stack defense have when it comes to dealing with opposing offenses' passing attacks. But when the Mountaineers face standout running backs, as they will in the form of Bilal Powell during Saturday's game at Louisville, players like Robert Sands must be active at the line of scrimmage as well.

That's a balance Sands and West Virginia's other safeties must strike at all times -- being aggressive enough to be in position to make plays in the running game while avoiding over-pursuit of players like Powell and neglecting their duties in the passing game.

For Sands, it all comes down to feel.

"It's more about play recognition and what's going on, what situation it is -- down and distance, what quarter [it is], whether they're up or down," the junior noted. "It also goes back to what you learned during the week."

Sands spoke on that topic, as well as WVU's issues on the road in recent seasons and the topsy-turvy nature of the Big East Conference, in this interview at the Milan Puskar Center.

Robert Sands Interview

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