West Virginia's Run Defense Will Be Challenged By K-State's Physicality This Weekend

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - With Kansas State's disciplined play and excellent execution, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski and safeties coach Joe DeForest explain the methodical approach to handling such a foe.

Kwiatkoski, who leads the team in tackles with 72 - 17 more than any other player - discusses Bill Snyder's coaching style and how Kansas State plays a clean, fundamentally-sound style that's difficult to fool or defeat without matching the same. The senior, who will play his last regular season game, also details the previous games versus the Wildcats, and how West Virginia can handle a power running game that has the same mindset of Texas, but rushes the quarterback far more out of pure power sets.

Kwiatkoski also notes the success of the Mountaineers tis season; Teams are scoring just 23.1 points per game versus WVU, and the Mountaineers are allowing only 13 points per game over during the four-game winning streak - including a combined six in wins over Kansas and Iowa State. West Virginia has pitched shutouts in six of the last eight quarters, and allowed just 16 points over the last 11 quarters played dating to the Texas game. WVU also ranks third in the NCAA with 21 interceptions and turnovers gained (29) and 11th in turnover margin. They're 13th in three-and-outs forced and 15th in third down percentage defense.

Next, safeties and special teams coach Joe DeForest discusses WVU's excellent coverage against Iowa State, and the clutch placekicking of Josh Lambert, who hit three field goals and three PATs in the 30-6 win. DeForest also details the assignments of his safeties against the K-State rushing attack, and how to handle sizeable quarterbacks, like Texas' Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard, as well as KSU starter Joe Hubener, who is 6-5, 211 pounds and ranks second on the team in rushing at 598 yards. Hubener's 13 rushing scores lead the Wildcats; no other player has more than five.


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