Leadership Key for WVU's Gibson, Players

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - There's plenty of optimism surrounding Tony Gibson's upcoming Mountaineer defense. Here, the second-year coordinator breaks down the offseason work, and what simply being around the players adds to the program. Linebacker Jared Barber and back Rushel Shell, both expected to be prime leaders on their side of the ball, also detail WVU's expectations entering fall camp.

Gibson, off a successful first season as coordinator, discusses what leadership means to him, the different approaches taken by players to get to such, and if he has a preference for class or playing status for his team leaders. Gibson also discusses the roles coaches can now play in furthering relationships in the offseason, and how the Mountaineers have utilized that.

Barber, back for his final season after a knee injury and resulting MRSA infection, delves into being back at his old position, his relationship with the linebackers - especially Nick Kwiatkoski, who will move to the outside this season - and what that unit can do during the run-up to fall camp, now five weeks away.

And Shell, looking as healthy as he has at anytime since his transfer from Pitt to WVU, talks about his body, his offseason workouts, his fitness goals and the "four-headed monster" that could again be the Mountaineer backfield as it works via committee and not one individual player.

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