Oct 19, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders Bradley Marquez (4) runs to the one yard line during the third quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Texas Tech won over West Virginia 37 - 27 Mandatory Credit: Dan Friend-USA TODAY Sports

Mid-Season Grades for WVU: O and D Lines (Part 4)


The West Virginia Mountaineers have reached the mid-point in their season with a record of 3-5 as they get ready to face off in Fort Worth with TCU tomorrow. We’ve already taken a look at this seasons grades so far for QB, RB and WR. Now it’s time to take a look at grading the offensive line and defensive line for the Mountaineers.

The offensive line for the West Virginia Mountaineers has proved to be very inconsistent, leaving the coaches always wondering what the right combination will be to get the W at the end of the game. With so many new faces on the team this season it’s no small wonder that the team is having numerous struggles, including a struggling offensive line. One major reason they struggle is because they haven’t been able to create openings consistently. This leaves the QB with no available running game. (Whichever QB head coach Dana Holgorsen has decided on for that particular 5 minutes… wait for it… it’ll change again in the next 5.)

With no running game available to the QB this puts a lot of added pressure on the inexperienced QB’s to make a play. While the pass protection has been somewhat acceptable this season I’d rather see the Mountaineers have more consistent play with their O line. So, this leaves me to give them a grade of C.

As far as the defensive line for the West Virginia Mountaineers, it’s been fairly solid so far. Which is very refreshing after watching the offense struggle. One of the main guys for the D line has been Will Clarke. Adding some depth to the line are Dontrill Hyman, Eric Kinsey, and Kyle Rose. Another key player for the D line is Shaq Rowell. Rowell has 27 tackles so far this season.

While the defensive line is making slow progress, at least they’re moving in the right direction. Their grade so far this season is a B.

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