Bombarding Defenses

West Virginia's Clint Trickett, Wendell Smallwood, and Mario Alford have all been giving opposing defenses fits while making names for themselves this year.

Clint Trickett has been putting consistent numbers, and has become WVU's unquestioned game manager. The senior quarterback says playing in a diverse offense, the run and pass game can both be effective. Depending on the look the defense is showing the team can adjust compared to last year where the team had to stick to the run game with Charles Sims.

Any running back can tell you how they can get better, but a good running back will show how to get better. Wendell Smallwood, arguably the most improved payer on this year's roster, has shown he can carry the load of the team on his shoulders. Smallwood stepped in against Oklahoma State to fill the shoes of Rushel Shell, who was unable to go with an ankle injury. The sophomore finished the day with 132 rushing yards, demonstrating his improvement in several areas.

Kevin White had his worst statistical game of the season - three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown - but Mario Alford helped clean up. Alford finished the day with 136 yards receiving including a 79-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Alford said there will be times when they try to take White away, and everyone has to step up to fill that void. Blazing speed and good hands are a deadly combination for a receiver like Alford, and said if he's out in front, just add six points to the scoreboard.


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