April 3, 2007

At least three have impressed Casteel

MORGANTOWN--To be sure, the biggest changes on West Virginia's team have come on defense this spring. John Holmes and J.T. Thomas moved into the starting outside linebacker spots on Day 1 of spring football. Eric Wicks has been playing all three safety positions.

But among the back-ups, there has been some noise too.

While Holmes and Thomas reaped headlines because of their moves to the first team, a couple of third-stringers have been strengthening their positions behind them.

Asked Monday which back ups have had the most surprising springs, defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel named three: defensive lineman Scooter Berry and OLBs Zac Cooper and Anthony Leonard.

Berry came to WVU in January of 2006 after injuring his knee his senior year at North Babylon (N.Y.) High, where he was an All-Long Island pick at linebacker. The redshirt freshman rehabbed the hinge a year ago, but has been making noise backing up starters Johnny Dingle and Doug Slavonic (Keilen Dykes would probably be the starter at nose tackle if the team played tomorrow).

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