Liberty Bowl Preview: Player's Perspective

West Virginia's player's admit the program has taken a step forward this season, but is not yet back to where they'd like it to be. For seniors like Mario Alford, this is their final chance to put a polish on a successful season. For underclassmen like Kyle Rose and Rushel Shell, it's the next step in a steady climb back into the nation's top 20-25.

Rose, perhaps the most media-savvy leader on WVU's defense, details his thoughts on program building, Tony Gibson's new contract, the Texas A&M front and its pass-setting line approach and what Rose hopes to accomplish as a team at the Liberty Bowl and in setting up the offseason.

Shell burst onto the scene as West Virginia's most consistent, and certainly most physical, runner before a portion of his season was derailed by an ankle injury. Now claiming to the "100 percent," Shell speaks to WVU's bowl prep, its practices thus far, his role within the Mountaineer offense and hiss expectations for the Liberty Bowl, both on and off the field.

Alford, who will pair one final time with fellow senior wideout Kevin White, talks about the departure of offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson, the anticipation of experiencing his first bowl game, playing at the major collegiate level and the thing he's most thankful for this holiday season - seeing his son at Christmas.

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