Three Levels of WVU Defense Talk Odd Stack

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Some were recruited to man the odd stack, some were merely thrust into it when coordinator Tony Gibson brought back what was once the core concept of West Virginia's defense. Here, Noble Nwachukwu, Jared Barber and Terrell Chestnut delve into the 3-3-5, as well as their individual play and offseason improvements.

Nwachukwu, an end, details the differences in line mentality under Bruce Tall and former position coach Tom Bradley, talks about his abilities and working against the run and pass and his focus entering an important junior season for the 6-2, 271-pounder.

A refreshed and healthy looking Barber, below, dissects his return to the mike linebacker slot, what he sees from the new-look line, what experience truly means for a unit returning, with Barber, 10 starters, and the emphasis on creating and securing turnovers throughout the practice sessions.

Here, Chestnut speaks to the secondary play, his expectations for a veteran defense and the type and style of leadership roles some players are taking in preparing for their fourth - and for some final - season of play in the Big 12 conference.

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