MORGANTOWN - There may be concern with West Virginia's offense because of the switch to new offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen's "Air Raid" offense.
The truth, though, is the Mountaineers should be fine there. Holgorsen has a stellar resume and WVU returns eight starters and 18 lettermen on that side of the ball.
On the defensive side, there are more concerns even though defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel is fast earning a reputation to rival that of Holgorsen. In the last four years, his defenses have ranked Nos. 8, 11, 31 and 3 nationally in scoring.
Certainly there is some concern surrounding the linebacker positions. There's a bit more swirling around the secondary. But perhaps the most concern centers on the middle of the defense's three-man front.
To the left and right of the nose tackle, WVU should be in fine shape with now-tackle Julian Miller and end Bruce Irvin. That nose position, however, is of utmost importance in the 3-3-5 scheme, and 2010 first-team All-Big East selection Chris Neild is gone.
Stepping in is junior Jorge Wright. The question is, will he step up?
"Jorge has to step up," said Casteel. "He has a lot of ability. He has a lot of talent. He's getting bigger and stronger. You can see the difference in him physically."
It would be nice for the DC if he wouldn't see much difference at the position from last year's team.
Wright, a 6-foot-2 junior from Miami, Fla., is giving it his best shot. He said he's worked hard, especially in the area of gaining weight. He's now at 280 pounds.
"Over the winter, through conditioning and just over our breaks, I've tried to eat right," Wright said. "I've tried to take steps to get my weight up. I've tried to become more lean, not fat. I do need to gain weight. They want me to be around 285, 290 [pounds], and I've pretty much gotten to the point they want me. They just don't want it with fat; they want it with muscle. They want me to be able to move the same way I could if I was 275 or 270.
"They want me to get stronger, upper body and lower body. I've been working to get to that point."
What one must keep in mind is this is Wright's first whirl at the position.
"It's a big difference," he said. "Last year and the year before I was behind Scooter [Berry] at tackle. This year, I'm transitioning to nose guard position. It's a new learning curve. I'm trying to adjust to a new position, although a lot of the defensive line [play] is the same."
Wright played in 12 games last season and started one. He was effective, too, earning defensive player of the game honors from the coaching staff in games against South Florida and Louisville. He knows, however, the 2011 assignment at nose is of different. Different and important.