Nose For The Ball

West Virginia's odd front look held the point of attack in the middle well against No. 2 Alabama's size and strength. Here, Kyle Rose and Christian Brown discuss their individual games, and what gains they hope to make this weekend against Towson.

Rose, listed as the starter, actually saw a bit less time than Brown despite being on the field for the first snap. The junior, who finished with five tackles, one solo, said he had a "feeling out" process with Crimson Tide center Ryan Kelly and guards Leon Brown and Arie Kouandjio early in the game. The 6-4, 294-pounder admitted it wasn't his best contest in terms of grading out, and that the entire defense realizes it must finish a far greater number of plays to reach desired consistency.

Brown, a bit thicker at 6-2, 285 pounds, held up better against Alabama's punishing run game, and thus was inserted a bit more often than might be warranted against most Big 12 teams. The sophomore tallied just one assisted tackle in his first action since suffering a season-ending foot injury last year. Brown, who redshirted, said his stamina and ability to physically match the power game was solid, and, like Rose, underscored the importance of finishing plays against future foes.

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