More WVU Spring Preview: S&C and OL

West Virginia has multiple goals entering the spring practice sessions, perhaps none more so than the continued improvement of both lines. That entails every bit of the development abilities of offensive line coach Ron Crook and director of strength and conditioning Mike Joseph. Here,t he two discuss their goals, and the issues and improvements identified.

Joseph, whose ability to transform players was perhaps best showcased by the exceptional NFL combine performances of Kevin White, Mark Glowinski and Mario Alford, says that he believes this is his most physically solid overall squad in several years - mainly because the players are older and have been through multiple seasons of workouts. Now, Joseph says, with a base understanding of the physical requirements, WVU is progressing into other areas as well.

Crook, who is beginning to develop quality depth, has again moved a tackle inside to guard, this time in Adam Pankey. Crook feels the junior's skill set is better suited for an interior position, where he can use his brute force and straight-ahead drive in a better fashion than the kickoff and protect pass protect responsibilities of tackle. Here, Crook speaks to that move, details the center position, talks about the battle of tackle and previews his expectations of for his third spring session.


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