WVU Players Discuss Spring Drills

We hit two of three sides of the ball, as safety K.J. Dillon and linebacker Xavier Preston discussWest Virginia's defense, while K.J. Myers and Rushel Shell dissect the Mountaineer offense - and Shell's expanded role - after Saturday's open practice in Morgantown.

K.J. Dillon, shown above diving for the pile-on in the Liberty Bowl last season on a 35-yard interception return for a score, speaks to the development of the safeties, his leadership ability on a defense expected to be among the elite in the Big 12 and what the team and individual goals are entering into the final dozen days of spring drills.

Preston, likely the back-up at linebacker behind team defensive MVP Nick Kwiatkoski, discusses his initial role on special teams, his adjustment to the speed differential between high school and the major college level, and his competition at linebacker - arguably the deepest position on the team - and the difference between the 3-3 stack and his 3-4 prep defense.

Myers, below, speaks about his comfort level, the receivers' ability to make plays in both the horizontal and vertical passing games, what he feels is his best asset and what, in particular, he'd like to improve upon heading into the final weeks of spring drills and then the summer training season.

Shell, who largely split snaps with Wendell Smallwood last season, still totaled 788 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Here, the back talks working into the slot more, how much that can threaten a defense, his comfort at receiver and gives thoughts on the variation of skill sets that the backfield possesses.

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