West Virginia Uses Run Game, Better Defensive Line Play To Top Last Three Foes.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - On the verge of a November sweep, West Virginia quarterback Skyler Howard and both sides of the line break down Iowa State's offense and defense, and offer insights as to the Mountaineers' run game and pass pressure execution over the last four weeks.

Howard, who rushed for a career-high 129 yards and a score in the 49-0 blowout of Kansas, details what is making the run game so successful, even with the contstant line shuffling due to injuries. Howard also speaks to his own play, and if this style fits him better than a true Air Raid set which throws the ball 60-plus percent of the time. Howard also notes what he sees in terms of keys from an opposing defense, and how that mental aspect come seasily to him, and has always been a strong part of his play.

Flipping to defense, WVU sack leader Noble Nwachukwu talks about his improved pass rush, and the assortment of moves and hand placements that help him defeat an offensive front. Nwachukwu also discusses how he gradually feels more comfortable in games as they progress, and how the line has relied upon senior Kyle Rose as an inspirational, emotional and vocal leader, as well as Rose's role in getting into the correct alignments and sets, and his understanding of the scheme within its entirety.

And finally, offensive line coach Ron Crook reviews the run game's role in the Kansas victory, and what he seeing in terms of progression from his players. Crook also talks about the injuries, including the status of Adam Pankey, Tyler Orlosky and Yodnhy Cajuste, who are all expected to be available for the game against Iowa State. Crook also delves into the play of Stone Underwood, who played guard in Pankey's stead, and what the senior added to a line that has had multiple players in every position except center this season.


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