All of the rules are designed to make kickoffs safer by encouraging touchbacks and slowing down the speed of the play.
Level, though, doesn't go into kickoffs with a reckless mindset. Instead, he said he does so with pride.
"No, you don't have to have a special mentality. You just have to take pride in it,'' Level said. "Even though it's just special teams, it still counts.
"I think [my success was] just because I felt pride in it. When I first came here everybody talked about taking pride in Mountaineer football. I do.''
Becoming a special teams star wasn't what Level had in mind when he transferred to try his hand at college football at the highest level.
"I think it just happened,'' Level said. "I didn't think it was going to be like that.''
Now his goal is to do more than just play special teams.
"I still play a lot of special teams, but this year I'm trying to play more defensively,'' Level said. "I just want to help out any way I can.''
How much of a factor he plays on defense remains to be seen. He's not going to crack the starting lineup ahead of Pat Miller and Brodrick Jenkins, and there are a host of new or relatively new faces competing for playing time behind them.
Then again, no one gave him much of a chance to contribute the way he did a year ago, either. And Level thinks he's making progress.
"I think I am,'' he said. "We're all competing hard just to make everybody better.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.