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    WVU Gold-Blue Spring Football Game Takeaways and Observations MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — It’s just one game. Not really a game, even — just an extended sci
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    #89141

    Here’s my take away…

    The D:  Tackling looked much better, not the usual wiffs.  Dline looked good…dominated the Oline,. Was that was because the OLine looked so bad?  We have the bodies on DL

    LBing looked good.  Cowan alone can take this group from average to good.  Now if Sandwich and Benton can step up, things will really look better at LB.

    CB looked okay, can the addition of Dreshun Miller make this a strong point in the secondary?  Hopefully Tyree Smith had help.

    S can be the best secondary position.  If K. Robinson plays.  Where was he Saturday?

    The O:  The young WRs looked really good.  TEs, hard to tell from Sat., but with Haskins, O’Laughin and Banks we have the bodies.

    RBs, we have 4 talented backs.

    QB, major concern.  I though I Austin Kendell would be ahead of where he is or should I say how he looked on Sat.  Maybe its the new system, looked very similar to Dana’s, and there is adjustments that just take time.

    OLine…O’my, but they looked BAD.  To win in FB you need and outstanding QB and he needs a good OL.  Your RBs are only as good as their line.

    Suprise, my biggest concern it the OL.  Do we have the talent?

    D will carry this team.

    Thank goodness this is only the spring and not the fall.  JMHO, but I think we have 2 to 3 years of ‘rebuilding’ ahead of us.

     

    #89179

    OL and DL have been my concern for years.  Not enough bodies on either side.  We have talent, but not nearly deep enough.  Always  …… Always there are a few injuries throughout the season.  And especially with the OL it takes a couple years to develop incoming FR.  And as always, I’m not a big fan of the 3 man DL.  You just don’t get the push needed to get pressure the way we have played the 3-3-5 bend but don’t break.

    #89198

    As noted a couple of times, WVU’d DL will attack more. There is less side-t0-side gap control, and more angles and attacking into the backfield. Also, you can count the bandit as a DL in many circumstances, becasue he a) lines up on the LOS and b) has more rush responsibility than coverage. He can also be replaced by a DL when going against a power run team.

    #89199

    I think Miller can help at CB. He looked pretty good through the spring IMO, and although he didn’t play on Sat I think he will either be a starter or a major contributor, and I’m leaning toward the former.

    #89209

    Kevin, I hope you’re right about the DL.   Sick of seeing us get mauled at the LOS on short yardage.  And with the problems we’ve had in the backfield getting sufficient CB coverage I hope the DL puts enough pressure that the WR’s don’t have all day to find open lanes.

    I’ve always been a proponent of beef and depth on both sides of the line.  Since RR came to town except for a few scant years we’ve seemed to neglect both.

    #89214

    Looked like a practice scrimmage to me; which it was …….

    #89228

    Looked like a practice scrimmage to me; which it was …….

    True. I would add, though, that Matt Moore said that he wanted to see how players, especially the QBs, performed in front of a crowd, with at least a taste of game like actions.

    I fully agree that this is a long way from a real game. But the way this was done, with split teams, was a little more like a real game than the average scrimmage. I do understand the dangers of trying to predict fall performance from a spring game, and tried to avoid making any sweeping generalizations, but I also think it showed some places WVU can be good, and some that need work.

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