Learning Process

During West Virginia's fall football camp, nose tackle Chris Neild looked to be headed for a starting assignment. However, a combination of factors delayed that occurrence until halfway through the season.

One of West virginia's main goals for its defensive lineup going into the season was to get Keilen Dykes out of the middle of the line and over to the defensive tackle spot, where he is a more disruptive force. Neild, a rugged player who enjoys the rough and tumble aspects of the game, seemed a natural for the position, but having never played it before, had to go through a learning process before playing well enough to earn the spot.

Neild, a fullback and linebacker in high school, had designs on playing at one of those spots in college, so he was at square one in learning how to play on the defensive line. After spending a redshirt season getting into shape and learning the basics, Neild got some early playing time, but struggled with putting everything to together. Feet problems, caused in part by ill-fitting shoes, also limited his availability during fall camp.

After Saturday's game against Mississippi State, however, Neild appears ready to nail down the spot that he was slated for coming into the season. Listen as Neild speaks on this topic, grades his performance and discusses Dykes' feelings on moving outside.

Chris Neild - Windows Media

Chris Neild - MP3

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