25 April 2012
As we continue putting the final touches on the Gold-Blue spring game, we now focus our attention on the defense, and the individual players who stood out.
The 'Eers will display a new look on that side of the ball in the 2012 season. New coaches, a new scheme, and young talent spread across the field this unit will surely get fans excited.
Here are our Top 5 defensive performers:
1) Matt Moro. 6 tackles/1 INT
Moro came to WVU with a reputation as a ball hawk in the JUCO ranks, and he showed why on Saturday. With 6 total tackles and 1 INT, the safety was all over the field. He also made several big hits. He may be the hard hitting defender in the secondary the Mountaineers are looking for.
2) Isaiah Bruce. 8 tackles
Will 'Eer fans soon be chanting BRUUUUUUUUCE again? With the new scheme in tact, this young red-shirt freshman may be the edge rusher needed. Bruce led the entire defense in tackles and nearly missed on a couple sacks. This young mans ceiling is through the roof.
3) Cecil Level. 7 tackles
Known mostly as a special team ace, Level took his game to different heights for the annual game. He recorded 7 tackles, and showed excellent instincts in reading the quarterbacks read. On one individual play, he jumped the quick out a layed a solid hit on the receiver.
4) Broderick Jenkins. 4 tackles/1 INT
The incumbent corner picked up where he left off towards the end of last season. His lone interception came towards the end of the first half when quarterback Paul Millard was leading his team down the field and close to a score. He returned the pick for 54 yards and a near score.
5) Avery Williams. 6 tackles/1 forced fumble
Williams is looking for an opportunity for playing time at corner, and his play certainly helped his cause. After the offenses drove up and down the field early, Williams forced a fumble off a solid hit. With Pat Miller out with an injury, he proved to the new defensive coaches what he was capable of.
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