The Mountaineers have Clarke at one end position and either Hyman or sophomores Eric Kinsey, Kyle Rose or Noble Nwachukwu at the other end position. That's five players for two spots and that's a luxury last year's team just didn't have.
"A lot of times we basically played two nose guards on the field," Slaughter said. "We have the ability now to be a lot more athletic at those two end spots. Nothing against Jorge, but the reality is if he were on this team, he'd be one of the noses because of the athletes we have that have grown up. And having Dontrill is a big deal."
Rowell is in the middle as the nose guard and sophomore Christian Brown is behind him. Slaughter can start Clark, Rowell and Hyman and let them loose and then roll Rose, Brown and Kinsey into the game until the other three are ready to go again.
"Here's the deal: If you're a tired player and it's third down, you're a liability," Slaughter said. "I want a fresher player who can rush the quarterback."
He's not limiting this plan to third down, though. This could happen at just about any point of any series in any game, so long as the players stoke Slaughter's confidence.
There are some restrictions. If a play goes out of bounds on the opponent's sideline, WVU can't sub. If the play stops in the middle of the field, WVU can't sub.
"There's no way to do it," Slaughter said. "You couldn't get off and on the field and lined up in time."
If a play goes out of bounds on WVU's sideline, WVU can sub. If there's an incomplete pass, WVU can sub. If the opponent subs, WVU can sub. If there's a long gain by the offense, or if a long gain is called back by a penalty, and the pursuit has wiped out the defensive line, WVU can sub.
"They'll just make eye contact and point and somebody will run in," Slaughter said. "They'll know when to go in and when we can sub. But it's got to be quick."
Slaughter will set his lineups between series, telling the players which ones start and which ones relieve.
"I may say, 'Christian, you're starting. Shaq, you're up second,' and they know at any point, let's say if the ball is out on our sideline, we can make the rotation," Slaughter said. "They don't need me to do that for them."
Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at mi...@dailymail.com or 304-319-1142. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/wvu.