With the announcement that former Penn State defensive coordinator and newly appointed senior associate head coach Tom Bradley would be handling the defensive line in 2014, it marked the third different defensive line coach the Mountaineers have had in Dana Holgorsen's four season as head coach.
Redshirt junior defensive end Kyle Rose is one of the few players on the roster who has been around for all three coaches, including Erik Slaughter - who spent the last two seasons at WVU - and current Arizona defensive line coach Bill Kirelawich. The three are all different in some ways, Rose said, but they all have the same goal in mind: Get West Virginia's linemen to play up to their potential.
Christian Brown has big shoes to fill this season as he's currently listed as the starter at nose tackle to replace Shaq Rowell in the middle of the West Virginia defensive line. Brown missed the majority of last season after dislocating his ankle and was given a medical redshirt. The redshirt sophomore felt he let his team down a year ago, but is ready to make up for it this season by stepping up and making plays.