WVU's Lucas: Oklahoma Best Line We've Played

West Virginia right tackle Marquis Lucas does not believe that No. 2 Alabama has the same caliber of pass rushers that the Mountaineers will face versus fourth-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday.

Marquis Lucas and the rest of WVU's offensive line have already been put to the test against a top tier team in Alabama. Usually offensive lineman are not as forthcoming as was Lucas, who mentioned that he believed Oklahoma's pass rush is much faster coming off the edge compared to Alabama's. Lucas also delved into playing 108 snaps in the win at Maryland, and how that could affect fatigue levels as the season progresses.

Playing fast, a key to amassing solid points, yardage and snaps, is going to be another key to success this Saturday in a second consecutive home night game. Running backs coach Ja'Juan Seider noted that playing fast helps slow the blitz, and that playing an uptempo offense keeps the defense on its heels in areas like substitutions and alignment and snap readiness. Seider also said Rushell Shell, who left the Maryland game with a shoulder injury, is expected to play against Oklahoma. Seider said Shell was only nicked up during the game and could have come back into the contest on the final drive if necessary.


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