Rushing Benefit

West Virginia would like to return to its past, that nasty edge most foes felt when facing the Mountaineers. In order to do that, and perhaps in order to have much offensive success at all, WVU must find a solid, consistent ground game. That starts with the line - and a backfield that will block, both for each other and for quarterback Clint Trickett.

Here, offensive line coach Ron Crook, a Parkersburg, W.Va. native, said he likes the mentality of his line, and believes them ready to take the next steps in finding a leader and beginning to jell heading into fall camp. He also noted the sheer size and strength puts them more in line with what can compete at the Big 12 level.

Dreamius Smith, below, who sat behind Charles Sims last season at least partially due to substandard blocking, speaks to his development in that area, and what he learned from the multi-talented Sims about playing at this level and beyond.

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