Gap Control, Open Field Tackling Key For WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Defensive assistants Joe DeForest and Bruce Tall dissect their positions as they relate to the Georgia Southern offense, and detail their expectations entering the initial game after a lengthy camp and preseason. Also, safety Jarrod Harper discusses what he sees in front of him, as an individual and team, in defending the Eagles.

First, safeties coach Joe DeForest speaks to avoiding allowing big plays, the worry about missed tackles in the first game of the season, how he has approached that with his unit and how he has reiterated the need for discipline and to simply "do your job. We are putting a lot on them," DeForest said.

Defensive line coach Bruce Tall, below, talks about rotating players, the increased quality of depth - he insists WVU has eight players along the line - and the need to not hone in on only playing the first-team guys. Tall also notes the ability of 6-1 GSU quarterback Favian Upshaw to gain a better view out of the pistol/shotgun and the difficulty in defending that style.

And finally Harper, the back-up at bandit behind Karl Joseph, details how he studied the Eagles' offense, gap control, how the keys are read, and the run fits and not getting out-leveraged by Southern's backs. Harper and the WVU safeties will play major roles as the Mountaineer front tries to eliminate the dive and interior runs to force the plays to stretch outside and get GSU running horizontally as opposed to vertically.

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