FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The last time Terence Garvin was forced out of West Virginia's defensive lineup, Travis Bell was the guy who got a lot of playing time.
This time, when the Mountaineers face Clemson in Wednesday night's Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium, it figures to be Wes Tonkery and Shaq Petteway.
Why? Well, it's just a matter of fitting the pieces together.
Bell didn't replace Garvin at the spur safety when Garvin missed the Cincinnati game because of a concussion. He actually stepped in at free safety. Free safety Eain Smith moved to spur.
"I didn't like it,'' safeties coach Steve Dunlap said. "We ended up moving Travis to spur anyway after the first quarter because of what they were doing.''
Now Bell is playing behind Darwin Cook at the bandit safety. Tonkery and Petteway are the backups to Garvin at the spur. So they'll both get a chance against Clemson as Garvin sits out with a knee injury. The idea is to minimize the shifting of players from one position to another.
"It's always a quandary. You don't know,'' Dunlap said. "If you shuffle things too many times you create a weakness at two positions. We want to minimize the moves and replace Terence Garvin and leave Cook where he played the entire season.''
As for who starts, Tonkery or Petteway, Dunlap isn't saying because he doesn't know.
"You'll see it when we walk out,'' Dunlap said. "I don't know. One day I like one better and the next day another one. I don't know. They're both inexperienced players. They're both young. I alternate them each day.''