WVU's Three Sides of the Ball

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Our series of quick hitters with the West Virginia coaching staff continues with a look at all three sides of the ball, as head coach Dana Holgorsen describes offense, defense and special teams.

First, new special teams coach Mark Scott dissects the always popular punt return topic, and hones in on the duties of new holder Nick O'Toole, who Scott says has become a steady, reliable presence at the position.


Next, offensive line coach Ron Crook discusses the old adage that most line coaches say they want eight players, but still only play about five. Crook says he vows to try and get seven into a game this season, even with the loss of Russel Haughton-James and players manning new slots.


Staying on offense, running backs coach JaJuan Seider speaks to the idea that some backs get better as the game progresses, and how to balance that aspect with wanting to keep the freshest players on the field. Seider also discusses how game match-ups affect who sees the majority of time, along with what backs might get first crack at foes.


And finally, safeties coach Joe DeForest breaks down the differences between the odd stack defense now and last year at this time, and how remaining in the same defense for a second consecutive season is beginning to pay dividends - and will be expected to continue to do so throughout the coming season.



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