Pass-ing Grade For WVU, now onto Towson

The grades are out, and West Virginia's passing offense gets more than that. The Mountaineers graded out quite well in the pass game, from quarterback-wideout decisions to play execution and offensive line pass protection. Here, a trio of minds dissect the play - and the potential of what could have been with a more crisp performance.

First, coordinator Shannon Dawson discusses his approach to an Alabama defense determined to stop the run (Hint: It's not to run right at an eight-man box, as some have advocated), discusses the overall passing game and the evolution from last season and again rehashes the offensive philosophy, which amounts to take what the defense is offering rather than hammer the proverbial head against a wall. Dawson also praises the play of Clint Trickett, and expounds upon his development in the offseason and poise in the opener.

WVU's interior offensive line graded out extremely well against the Crimson Tide, with center Tyler Orlosky at 100 percent in terms of correct decisions within play calls. Position coach Ron Crook provides his insights into the overall line play, the mistakes at key points that cost the same, and what he would like to see in this week's match-up against a solid front four that could challenge West Virginia in some areas.

Trickett, below, details the offensive play against Alabama, the missed opportunities, what he expects out off the Tigers' 4-3 set and his expectations in terms of offensive improvement from the first to second week as the Mountaineers look to even their record at 1-1.

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