WVU Defense Previews Oklahoma Sans Worley

West Virginia's adage has always been to have ready the "next man up," and it'll be faced with that scenario against No. 4 Oklahoma after head coach Dana Holgorsen suspended cornerback Daryl Worley indefinitely for a violation of team rules. Here, corners coach Brian Mitchell, along with a pair of defenders, speak to replacing Worley while previewing a multi-dimensional Sooner offense.

Mitchell, who will have corner Ishmael Banks back after he was held out the first three games due to NCAA academic rules, said the Mountaineers aren't focusing on who won't play, but rather who will. It reads like an obvious approach, and it's likely the best option in trying to replace the younger starter. Banks, Mitchell explained, has been working against West Virginia's offense, facing some of the better receivers in the nation, and the veteran should possess the savvy, understanding and ability to contribute at a high level in the Big 12 opener.

Safety Karl Joseph, who totaled four tackles in the 40-37 road win last week, delves into WVU's mental fortitude in retaining the "will to win" after the comeback by Maryland, sustaining momentum, being able to finally close a close contest with Oklahoma - the Mountaineers have lost by a combined 10 points in the first two conference meetings - and facing a quarterback like Trevor Knight when combed with exceptional skill position talent.

And finally, sam linebacker Isaiah Bruce (5 tackles, 2 TFL vs UM), who filled in for the injured Wes Tonkery against Maryland, discusses his performance, what he expects from Oklahoma, the keys to limiting the Sooners' multi-pronged attack and how the No. 4 team in the nation compares with No. 2 Alabama, who WVU faced in the opener.


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