July 24, 2007
O-line 'sum of the parts'
MORGANTOWN--One of the subplots of the Mountaineer football storyline this season is the development of the offensive line.
West Virginia fans will wait. Through most of ex-O-line coach Rick Trickett's career, it often took four or five games into the schedule for the front push to mesh. Then it would be off to another 2,500-yard rushing year for what always (until last season) seemed to be a stable of tailbacks.
The question this summer is, of course, how well will Dan Mozes and Jeremy Sheffey be replaced. A close second is, how will the returning starters and Mozes/Sheffey replacements react to Trickett's replacement, Greg Frey.
Frey played on the biggest stage at Florida State and was the coach of a junior-dominated line that maneuvered ways for quarterback Matt Grothe of USF to help beat West Virginia 24-19 last season. Not only is he a professional, but his demeanor with the players this spring was roundly applauded.
Anyway, according to one of those starters, Greg Isdaner, the secret to the WVU line has more to do with the sum of the parts, rather than any individual coach or any individual player, even a Mozes, who is the center of distinction at Mountaineer Field thus far in the 21st Century.
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