Dana Holgorsen said Wednesday the 3-3-5 is gone from West Virginia and will be replaced by a “3-4 or a 4-3 or something.” Joe DeForest, still indecisively labeled as the co- and perhaps one day sole defensive coordinator, said it will be a 3-4 and a 4-3, though not at once.
I have no idea what’s going to happen — and DeForest says he’ll need to familiarize himself with the personnel during winter conditioning and then spring football — but it sounds like a base 3-4 that will at times move one linebacker down to the line of scrimmage and one linebacker over to the vacated outside … and either look will incorporate nickel and dime packages without any problem. Still, any morphing from a 3-4 to a 4-3 and vice versa will be determined by game situations, and, you know, who can actually play.
And the truth of the matter is there will be virtually no discernible difference.
“There’s none at all,” he said. “It’s a slight front look. It’s still multiple, but 4-3 and 3-4 is based on the personnel you have on the field and what they can do.”
So … it’s the 7? It’s the 7.
Clearly, though, there was a change Wednesday and WVU announced a class that featured four players specifically outfitted for the 7. Defensive lineman Korey Harris can be a pass rush specialist — and one of the few differences in the 3-4 v. 4-3 is a 3-4 line has a DT, NG and DE and the DE plays the weak side and rushes a lot. High school defensive end Noble Nwachukwu and high school safety Sean Walters can become outside linebackers — in a 3-4, you need an OLB that can run and blitz and cover and one that can play the run, though they have to do both.
“We wanted some more edge rush guys playing because we’re going to more of a 3-4 scheme than the stack,” Holgorsen said. “The stack uses more middle linebacker-type bodies, which we have on campus.
“We needed to be able to get some outside linebacker guys who’ll be able to gain weight and come down and be defensive ends and guys who can come off the line and rush. We got two or three bodies we were looking for as far as being outside guys.”
Seems like WVU has guys who did something different in high school, but can make that work in college.
Add to that Garrett Hope, who played outside linebacker in high school, and Eric Kinsey, a high school defensive end who’s probably going to be a college OLB. He was announced today after giving us a great signing day story I will share later.