So was the performance of the offensive line a surprise? After all, Bedenbaugh admitted that last season he had trouble sleeping nights worrying about how his guys were progressing and if they even had the potential to excel.
"You never really know," Bedenbaugh said. "Last year I had a lot of sleepless nights. But this summer, I was good. What they did in practice, you obviously hope that translates to the field but you never know until you get out there."
Bedenbaugh also takes a lion's share of the blame for some of the weaknesses in the line play last season, his first at WVU.
"A lot of it last year wasn't on them, it was on me. We didn't have a great plan. We didn't honestly know exactly what to expect," Bedenbaugh said, referring not only to his linemen but opponents, as well. "This year we had a pretty good plan and we had adjustments based on what [Marshall was] going to do. We didn't have to use a lot of our adjustments because they basically stayed in the same stuff the whole time.
"But I think our plan was better, the coaching was better and obviously they played better."
Again, though, it was just one game. Bedenbaugh talked about getting better each week, of course, and maintaining some of the characteristics shown in the opener.
"We need to continue to play as physical as we did, as tough as we did and as nasty as we did," Bedenbaugh said. "That stuff shows up on film."
And nothing shows up at night now to keep Bedenbaugh awake. In fact, he says coaching this group is the most fun he's had in a long time.
"And it's not just their execution, it's how they approach the game. It's a mentality you have to have to be a great player," Bedenbaugh said. "In the past they were satisfied, possibly, with being average, with being OK. Now there's an expectation to be better."
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