Defense, Special Teams Face Solid Challenges

Kansas State's discipline and execution in all three phases pose a significant challenge for a West Virginia team looking to secure an additional quality win and better their bowl position. Here, coordinator Tony Gibson, special teams and safeties coach Joe DeForest and nose guard Kyle Rose detail the steady, almost mechanical approached faced Thursday.

First, DeForest delves into the special teams game, the contributions of senior kicker Michael Molinari, how the weather affects his unit perhaps more than any other and the differences between practice players and game players - and the difficulty in distinguishing between the two sans any true live action.

Gibson, whose defenses have taken a cue from K-State in keeping it simple and fundamentally sound, speaks to the Wildcats' offense, the importance of forcing quick decisions in the pass and option game, keeping leverage when attacking the blocking scheme and the various line spacing KSU utilizes pending play selection.

Rose, one of the team leaders even as a junior, discusses the final home game for WVU's 21 true or redshirt seniors, the responsibility felt by underclassmen to send the group out with a home win and how the team goals have changed since consecutive losses pushed the Mountaineers out of the Big 12 race.

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