Gibson, though, will be in charge of the team's safeties, parts of a secondary that did anything but work last season.
"The kids have been great," Gibson said. "Karl Joseph is a great player and I'm looking for big things from Darwin Cook. He had a disappointing junior year and we talked at length about it.
"He's hungry to have a big senior year. I think he'll have a bust-out season."
As it stands, Joseph will be backed up at free safety by K.J. Dillon and Cook will be spelled at strong safety by Travis Bell. Dillon, though, can also play the spur linebacker, nickel back or strong safety positions. Bell can play nickel, corner or free safety. Freshman Daryl Worley is also with Gibson.
We'll see if the man from Van and the other new WVU coaching additions can help.
"I really like this staff," Gibson said. "It's as good of a staff as I've ever been on. These guys can coach; they can recruit, and no one has a big ego. Nobody thinks they created football. It's just a bunch of guys who get along, want to win and have fun. I think the kids really respond to that."
As in 2005, he hopes.
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