Ron Crook and Joe Wickline Emphasize Technique and Footwork in West Virginia's Football Practice Drills

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia offensive line coaches Ron Crook and Joe Wickline could be seen working with offensive linemen on their technique and footwork during drills in Tuesday's opening practice.

West Virginia's offensive line could be the strongest unit on the entire team and quite possibly the entire Big 12 conference in 2016. The Mountaineers return four players who have started multiple games along the line including preseason All-Big 12 center Tyler Orlosky. But just as important to the group's success as the talent returning is the addition of Joe Wickline, who is widely regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the country. Wickline has made stops at Oklahoma State, Florida and most recently Texas before joining the Mountaineers staff this season.

In the video above, Wickline is seen working with the offensive tackles in a drill where two offensive linemen face off against a defensive lineman who is lined up in the B gap. In the drill, the tackle must practice kicking down on the defensive linemen while the guard releases to the next level. Wickline can specifically be seen working with Marcell Lazard and Colton McKivitz on their footwork and the quickest way to reach inside to pick up the defensive lineman. 

This combination work has been a staple of WVU practices since Wickline arived. He's melding teamwork, and also integrating with the tight ends to produce better cohesivenss on combination blocks.

While Wickline has been primary working with tackles and tight ends, offensive line coach Ron Crook has been working with the interior linemen. In the video below, Crook can be seen taking the guards through a blocking drill where a defender lines up directly across from the linemen and they must drive them off of the ball. Crook can be heard telling his linemen to square their hips, accelerate their feet and drive through defenders. Players who can be seen in this drill include Adam PankeyGrant Lingafelter, and Ja'HShaun Seider


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