WHEN SPRING DRILLS began, one of West Virginia's coaches was approached about the setup of the defensive front. I informed him I was stuck trying to figure it out.
"You're not the only one," he said.
The eligibility of starters Julian Miller and Bruce Irvin has expired. A new defensive alignment is in place.
I was told the Mountaineer coaches will continue to move around players up front through spring.
Perhaps, though, because the coaches have a Will, they have a way.
Jorge Wright, who has played in 34 games and started 13, will undoubtedly be the nose tackle in the 3-4 alignment that can transform into a 4-3.
The key, though, is Will Clarke, the 6-foot-6, 269-pound redshirt junior. Last season, he started 11 games and played defensive end. In the pre-spring depth chart, he was again listed at end.
But he's playing tackle. Which makes sense. A potential game plan is to have Wright at nose, Clarke at tackle, a healthy Jewone Snow at end and Josh Francis at Buck linebacker.
Clarke, who once committed to Pittsburgh before signing with WVU, said he has no position preference.
"Honestly, I like both [end and tackle],'' he said. "I like rushing off the edge, but I like playing inside because I like to believe I'm faster than a lot of the inside guys. I like having that advantage."
He doesn't even mind the spring shifting.
"It's actually teaching us every position," Clarke said. "Inside guys are learning to play outside. Outside guys are learning to play inside.