"For us to be so young, though, we're adapting so well. It's a talented group."
McCartney, by the way, said he's "doing very well, better than ever."
Might that mean a starting position for a senior who entered school as a highly regarded recruit?
"I'm very confident in myself," he said. "But right now I don't know. I'm just trying to help the best I can."
That redshirt senior Will Clarke, all 6-7, 273 pounds of him, is indeed a defensive leader.
On Friday, the defensive lineman wore ice on his right shoulder. ("Just soreness," he said. "Prevention.") He said his backup, Eric Kinsey, a 6-2, 265-pound sophomore, has been getting work with the first unit.
He complimented Hinds [Miss.] Community College transfer Dontrill Hyman, a 6-4, 265-pound junior.
"I see him playing a lot of snaps," Clarke said. "He has a lot of explosion. He just needs to get some technique down."
Then he gave a state of the WVU football state address.
"As the days go on," he said, "the intensity is picking up. There's a battle going on between the offense and defense."
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