Cogdell and Mitchell: WVU Amassing Depth

West Virginia clearly has better quality of depth across the defense than it did last season, and those numerics have pushed competition in the early portions of fall camp.

What assist coaches Damon Cogdell and Brian Mitchell would like to see is finer overall execution as the Mountaineers further hone their skills in preparation for the season opener against Alabama, now less than 25 days away. The ongoing position battles, especially in regards to the second team slots, are driving players to excel daily as WVU enters the midway point of the first week in pads.

Cogdell, below, details the battles, noting that West Virginia has "about five to six potential starters," talks about the mental development of transfer Shaq Riddick and discusses "shaking up the beehive" in shuffling the line to give multiple players a chance to showcase themselves. Cogdell also notes what the biggest differences are between what he ran defensively as the head coach at Miramar (Fla). High and the Mountaineers' multiple look.

Mitchell, working with a lot of ability, is also trying to find depth behind right corner Daryl Worley and left corner Icky Banks. While the two appear to be the starters, a now-healthy Terrell Chestnut will continue to push for increased time. Mitchell discusses Chestnut's athleticism and how he handles himself in a mature manner. Mitchell also talks about Chestnut as a leader, and how the overall combination of players brings various talents and traits.

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