The Fisher Law Firm Friday Q&A: Young Players, West Virginia’s Defense and Tailback Depth

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1) Given WVU runs a 3-3-5 defense, do you think VT’s playcalling for running plays will involve a lot more misdirection (i.e. counters, cutbacks, delayed draws, etc.) that what we saw last year to exploit the running lanes that typically aren’t there in a base 4-3 or 3-4 defense? – VTHokie2000 

Chris Coleman: I’m not an X’s and O’s guy per se, but what you talked about makes sense.  To me, it’s all about the inexperience of the West Virginia defense that makes them vulnerable to misdirection.

Miami fielded one of the nation’s best defenses last season.  However, they started three freshmen at linebacker, which made them vulnerable to misdirection.  We saw that on a Thursday night in Lane Stadium when the Hokies racked up 523 yards of total offense and 37 points against that defense.  As an aside, it was was that defense which later in the season completely smothered the West Virginia offense.

West Virginia must replace seven starters on the defensive side of the ball.  Two of their returning starters are at linebacker though, and that certainly helps against misdirection offenses.  Still, they lost four of