2009 WVU Preview: Defensive Line

Posted by Frank Ahrens on August-7-2009 Add Comments

Unlike its counterpart on the offensive side of the ball, the experience and depth of the WVU defensive line is expected to help anchor the team this season.

Because of WVU’s unusual 3-3-5 stack defense, the Mountaineers play a three man line, which is expected to plug up gaps, occupy double teams, and create chaos so linebackers can make tackles.

They are not expected, specifically, to be pass rushers. Most of WVU’s sacks come from blitzing linebackers and defensive backs.

That being said, if this line has sufficient talent and speed, it can get into the backfield on its own. Look back to the 2007 Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma, where massive but slow offensive linemen couldn’t conta...

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