MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Early injuries hurt one of West Virginia's strongest units before and during fall camp, but they've been able to bounce back with force in terms of preparing to counteract that hardship once the Mountaineers hit the field Sept. 3.
Coming into August's training camp, the Mountaineers' defensive line looked to be full of depth behind starters Noble Nwachukwu, Christian Brown and Darrien Howard. But not even a week into camp, two backups were lost to injury when Jaleel Fields and Xavier Pegues both went down before Aug. 5.
But, in the grand scheme of things, it's not really all that bad. Sure, two key backups on one of the strongest overall units gone sounds bad, but those injuries happened early enough in camp that defensive line coach Bruce Tall has had time to prepare others to step up when called upon.