Texas Tech Insider: WVU Offense

Texas Tech is a typical defense West Virginia will face - at least in the next month when Big 12 play reaches its heart. Here, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, quarterback Clint Trickett and running back Rushel Shell detail what the Mountaineers have to do to match those similar-to-themselves offenses and what WVU was actually doing in the second half versus Kansas. Hint: It wasn't to score.

First, Dawson discusses the ideal attack WVU will utilize and why it wasn't - at least in the second half - what most assumed against Kansas. The offensive coordinator also, initially, offers thoughts on the "safe haven" that is the Mountaineer locker room after the release of the "wrestling video." Then, a game question, and Dawson responds with the differential between what Texas Tech was and what it is with new defensive coordinator Mike Smith, and the base principles of the Red Raider defense and what to expect from Rushel Shell within all concepts of the Mountaineer offense.

Trickett, who has thrown for 1,902 yards, also speaks to the Texas Tech defensive coordinator change, what West Virginia has learned about itself, the same question about second halves and how he feels better about the latter pair of quarters after viewing it again, when WVU was, again, trying different things. Trickett also entertains the tired media-chasing thoughts on the wind, which affected the Mountaineers two years ago, and how he responds to such.

And Shell, who ran for 113 yards on 21 carries and a score versus Kansas, details the "little things" upon which he can improve upon - including gaining greater yardage on swing passes. He also states that he can, as everyone already knew, break the big gain and what he sees on film to be able to do such. The sophomore also reiterates the ability to pick up five to six yards per carry and how the collegiate game differs from high school - including blocking at the major college level. Shell also discusses how Strength and Conditioning coach Mike Joseph has prepared him and what a quality program WVU has in that regard.

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