West Virginia Must Match Arizona State's Explosive Passing Game

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - West Virginia is facing an Arizona State team that averages 289 yards passing per game behind an experienced quarterback and veteran offensive line.

It begs the question, how do the Mountaineers counter, and how can the defense begin to fool, or at least offer a hint of disguise, against Mike Bercovici and a line starting four seniors? KJ Dillon, above, noted that Bercovici wasn't fooled by Arizona's odd stack sets, and that one can see him read and make the proper progressions and understand how to attack the scheme. But Dillon also said the personnel and style of play is far different between the Wildcats and Mountaineers, and that West Virginia's approach was likely to be far more aggressive than UofA's, which could limit Bercovici's time and comfort level in the pocket. 

Linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, below, speaks to the senior leadership and how it has affected the team in limiting distractions. Kwiatkoski also detailed the bowl prep, and how the effective ability to run a bowl - the Cactus and Fiesta Bowls are noted for their excellence in both set-up and execution - has aided the team in being able to focus on the task at hand.

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