On a day where the defense not only won the game, but had two fumble recoveries and interceptions, coordinator Tony Gibson was a proud coach. With the defense was missing six primary players, the opportunity was there for backups to perform, and they certainly did so.
Wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway was asked about William Crest playing wide receiver, and the coach did not hesitate when he said "William is a quarterback." Galloway said he doesn't look at Crest the same as other receivers, though, because he is a quarterback that happens to be running a few routes. Both head coach Dana Holgorsen and Galloway want Crest on the field because of his all-around football skill, and both were happy to see him get time at different positions on Saturday.
Safety Jeremy Tyler has made a push for playing time at free safety behind Dravon Henry, and even if he doesn't win the job it's tough to imagine him not playing a big role in defensive packages in passing situations. Safeties coach Joe DeForest said Tyler is keeping Henry on his toes and making Henry work harder, and it has been showing in practice. DeForest also aid this is the most depth he's ever had since coming to West Virginia, giving the secondary the ability to mix up formations and rotate multiple players.