West Virginia Assistant Brian Mitchell Details Arizona State Passing Game Strengths

West Virginia defensive backs coach Brian Mitchell sees a dynamic Arizona State receiving corps -- one that he will now face shorthanded with the loss of cornerback Daryl Worley to an academic issue.

Brian Mitchell had enough on his hands with an Arizona State passing that was averaging nearly 290 yards per game (22nd nationally). And that was before the West Virginia coach learned he would have to combat the Sun Devils without Daryl Worley, who was reportedly late in completing some coursework, rendering him ineligible for the Cactus Bowl. That tardiness could cost the Mountaineers dearly, and it wasn't as if WVU was expecting to shut down the ASU passing attack in any event.

"They can stretch the field and create space and cause some matchup issues," Mitchell said of the strengths of the Sun Devil attack. "I think they are as balanced a team as you can see   Their formations they bring into the game, it's been a while since I've seen that many shifts and formations. They have taken the time to make you feel uncomfortable."

For WVU, the game plan was to make simple adjustments to the myriad ASU changes. In theory, that would keep WVU from being confused or getting caught out of position when responding to multiple shifts and looks. Worley's absence will certainly hurt the Mountaineers in some regards, but it shouldn't force them to change their approach, which is designed to minimize confusion. If there's one small positive to the suspension, that would be it.

Mitchell also discussed some of the players that make Arizona State's balanced attack successul, and added that there aren't many teams which can deploy in as many different offensive looks as the Sun Devils do.


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