WVU's Gibson, Bradley Dissect Texas Tech

West Virginia has tried to match power-based foes over its first five games of the season. But now, with the heart of Big 12 play upcoming, the focus shifts to spread offenses and an uptempo style. Here, Mountaineer defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and senior associate head coach and former Penn State coordinator Tom Bradley delve into the varying aspects of controlling such styles.

Gibson, who will face his first truly uptempo team as a coordinator at the major collegiate level, speaks to the progress of Texas Tech, its myriad of weapons, both in the backfield and at receiver, and how much better the Red Raiders could be if they cut down on penalties - TTU is the Big 12 leader - and the multiple turnovers per game. West Virginia, meanwhile, failed to force a turnover against Kansas, although the tradeoff was a record 14 punts by the Jayhawks.

Bradley, below, discusses his experience with spread, no-huddle offenses during his years in the power-based Big Ten, how the approach differs between a defense that hasn't seen the attack in practice and that of WVU, which faces it daily, and the unique challenges of getting a team to change from defending run-based schemes to those that will throw or run more off of defensive alignment.


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