West Virginia has been challenged by scrambling QBs this season, but none that mix the power and finesse of UT.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - How does Texas' style of play change all three levels of West Virginia's defense? We take a look at that aspect and more from the perspective of players and assistant coaches.

First, Kyle Rose breaks down the Longhorns' offense, incluidng the running game and how that power mix will be countered by a West Virginia defense which will fit up against the run much ddifferently from the majority of other Big 12 defenses. Rose, among the best speakers on the team, also delves into the play of UT quarterback Jerrod Heard and how the redshirt freshman's elevation into the starting role has changed the abilities in the run and pass. Rose also speaks to the renewed confidence of the Mountaineers, and his ability to match-up against a sizeable front against which he will likely draw double teams throughout.

Then, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski piggybacks on Rosse's thoughts, echoing the sentiments of facing Heard and former starter Tyrone Swoopes while also comparing and contrasting the Longhorns with other Big 12 offenses and the scrambling and running ability of their backfields. Kwiatkoski, who rarely leaves the field, also gets into how WVU has stopped the power run in the past, and the film review of the subpar performance at Texas last season, and how the TCU game became a hangover issue during the lopsided loss in Austin.

And finally, assistant coach Joe DeForest discussed the play of his safeties, and their key responsabilities within the run game. DeForest also compares the offenses of Texas and Kansas State, and what changes West Virginia must make in trying to adjust to the variance in approaches. DeForest also broke down the differences in Texas from last season to this, and how head coach Charlie Strong has developed better depthand gotten his players to buy in to his concepts.


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