And other than Clarke?
"Shaq Rowell is having a good camp. Christian Brown's an explosive guy,'' Slaughter said. "I think Jorge Wright is a guy who has played in games and proven he can do that. And all the freshmen we signed are quick-twitch guys who can move around and are great athletes. All those guys will eventually be great players.''
Wright will be in the middle of West Virginia's three-man front, as he was last year. Clarke will be on one side of him and Rowell could be on the other. But don't be surprised if Brown is in that mix, too. He's just a true freshman who arrived this summer, but when asked if he had a chance to play, defensive coordinator Joe DeForest looked almost stunned at the query.
"Have you seen him?'' DeForest asked. "Yeah, he's a guy who's going to play for us this year.''
There are others with more experience, but the 6-foot-3, 290-pound Brown, from Bridgeton, N.J., will certainly be included.
"I wouldn't be surprised at all,'' Slaughter said of Brown's potential to be in the starting lineup on Sept. 1. "But then again, I'm not a guy who sits in there and says, 'Here's my three starters.' I want a bunch of starters in my room, not just three. The only way you're going to be successful in this league is to have a lot of guys who can play.''
Right now, those others include fifth-year senior walk-on J.B. Lageman and January freshman enrollee Imarjaye Albury. There is also a group of smaller guys who serve as the fourth lineman when the defense morphs into a four-man front or inside linebackers at other times. They include juniors Tyler Anderson and Chidoziem Ezemma, as well as another true freshman, Eric Kinsey from Miami.
All in all, Slaughter understands the deficiencies of his line - both perceived and real - but he readily admits them and is working to rectify things.
"We're inexperienced, people think we don't have depth and we've got a lot of guys who have never put a helmet on in a college football game,'' Slaughter said. "And that's all true. So we'd better be good at something. And the thing we're trying to be good at right now is being very tough minded, play extremely hard and be technically sound. A lot of these guys haven't played, and how they respond when they get out there, I don't know. We'll find out. But I like the way they're preparing.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.