West Virginia's Players & Assistant Coaches Take A Look At The Offseason Leading To The Operning Of Fall Camp

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - As the West Virginia coaching staff met with their players for just the eighth time this summer, coordinators Tony Gibson and Joe Wickline breakdown what they’ve seen thus far, along with Skyler Howard’s early impressions of the offseason.

With a few veteran, defensive players since removed after the conclusion of last season, Tony Gibson insisted there are plenty of Mountaineers who’re ready to take control. Specifically, Noble Nwachukwu and Justin Arndt are both on Gibson’s shortlist of possible breakout players. The assistant coach, above, also delved into the specifics of their defensive scheme, saying they’ll continue to put, “receivers on islands” and maintain their aggressive play. 

Next, offensive coordinator Joe Wickline, below, said he’s watched a lot of film in the eight days they’ve had with their players. The former Texas OC joined the staff in January, coming off WVU’s bowl win over Arizona State. Now, with five months in Morgantown under his belt, the 34-year coaching veteran said this is the ideal time for his players to show him what they’re capable of while getting bigger and faster. Wickline noted it’s been a very productive summer, but the athletes have also been able to enjoy their free time before the Fall semester picks up. 

And finally, Skyler Howard said the biggest key this offseason is getting the entire team to buy into the family mentality the coaches preach. The quarterback also detailed how he’s been helping the newest additions of the team get acclimated to Morgantown, but more importantly what he’s personally focused on this offseason.


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