Minimizing The Maximum

A trademark of West Virginia's odd stack of a decade ago was its ability to stiffen in the red zone and deny foes maximum scoring.

And though the current incarnation of the defensive style has it utilizing a myriad of fronts and alignments, past abilities were on display Saturday as the first team, after allowing movement within the 20 yard-lines, was able to keep WVU's top offense out of the end zone. Here, coordinator Tony Gibson speaks to that ability, the upgrade in tackling effort and execution - despite remaining concerns on that front - and a key position battle that remains to be settled less than two weeks from the opener.

The corner isn't the only spot still to be decided. At free safety, Jeremy Tyler has an edge over Dravon Henry, but the true freshman continues to push for time. Here, safeties coach coach Joe DeForest, below, dissects his depth chart, and details special teams and the importance of contributing on various units - especially if one isn't a starter.


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