July 30, 2006

Pre-camp positional breakdowns: Defensive Line


Today continues a several-part series on the Mountaineers, a 2006 Top 4 pick coming off their greatest bowl victory in history.

Let's move to defensive line where assistant Bill Kirelawich has a mountain of men and talent, though he insists, "Nobody did anything in the spring but Wilson and Liebig."


"Liebig (Pat) and "Wilson" (Craig) combined have played as many minutes for the Mountaineers as any group at any other single position on the defense, save maybe middle linebacker (underrated Jay Henry and potential all-league Marc Magro).

Liebig (6-4, 270) has seemingly been here since many of us started the following the program. Yet he remains only a junior. Once an athletic defensive end, Liebig moved inside after multiple injuries. But he is scary strong (410 power clean, a WVU record). If you were to ask around inside the Mountaineer clubhouse, the O-lineman would tell you that the former Florida high-school golfing standout was more difficult to block than the departed Ernest Hunter. Hunter had the smarts having started three seasons.

Wilson has bounced from end to nose and back to end. He will likely circulate again this season. At 6-1, 290, he has uncanny instincts and balance. The senior leads the warriors in the off-season conditioning program. His max bench is 465, he squats 680 and his pro agility is the best among the DLs (4.25). Plus he has played against several of the great O-lineman in the country during his four productive years here. He was this season's Iron Mountaineer

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