"One year into it, learning how this game is played at this level, it's definitely been an advantage."
Bruce is one of many who hit WVU expecting to play the 3-3-5 odd stack instead of the current 3-4 that transitions into a 4-3.
"In high school we ran a little 3-3 stack," Bruce said. "I was pretty good at it, but at that point I was one of the bigger kids. I looked pretty good at it. So I was thinking, ah man, a 3-3 stack, I should do pretty well. But going against people 100 pounds heavier than you, it's not as easy.
"Now, though, we're running a 3-4 defense and it's a lot better fit for me."
Bruce looks anything but small, but he begs to differ.
"I'm smaller than most linebackers at 6-2, 226," he said. "The way I see other people, they are huge."
For WVU fans unfamiliar with Bruce's game, he gives the lowdown.
"Fast-paced, always running to the ball, a hustler," he said. "I won't stop. At all."
And the more changes the better. Bruce, however, admits he's ready to become a creature of habit.
"I'm definitely liking the changes," he said. "But I'm hoping they stay the same for a while."
Reach Mitch Vingle at 304-348-4827, mitchvin...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/MitchVingle.