JaJuan Seider had a lot on his plate this fall camp with a cluster of talented running backs at his disposal. Andrew Buie, Dreamius Smith, and Dustin Garrison all have 100 rushing yard games. Wendell Smallwood is very versatile, so says the coaching staff, and Rushel Shell was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. Seider admits there is no starter, but he plans to distribute the ball to whoever has the hot hand in the opener against No. 2 Alabama.
You don't win three of the last five National Championships without being good on special teams, and Alabama is nothing short of spectacular. Wideout Christion Jones was an All-American and All-SEC return man just a year ago, and the Tide has talent across the board. But assistant coach Joe DeForest believes West Virginia's special teams units can more than hold their own.
Head coach Dana Holgorsen preaches offensive tempo, and at times people seem to forget that includes offensive linemen. The starting offensive line for Saturday's game averages 312 pounds, and have worked to hone the continuity and chemistry needed to offset Alabama's stout defensive front. Here, position coach Ron Crook's discusses readying the line to go fast, and the game plan in the trenches against the Tide.