WVU MADE 21 changes to its two-deep depth chart before kickoff against Oklahoma State and the most notable ones were on offense.
Clint Trickett made his first start with the Mountaineers at quarterback. Quinton Spain made his 19th career start, but his second at guard and his first at left guard. He moved over from left tackle, which was filled by senior Nick Kindler, whose only other career start was at right tackle last season. Pat Eger started at center after being the backup the week before.
The depth chart for Baylor kept all of those changes in place.
"The big one was Clint and I think some moving parts around him that we got settled was good," offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson said. "The offensive line got people situated where they need to be and where they're at home.
"Pat's a huge leader for us. Having him in there gave us some stability on offense that's good for us. I think Spain feels extremely comfortable at guard.
"We found a home for people. Now we've got to just rep the heck out of them."
On defense, the Mountaineers elevated freshman Marvin Gross to backup Buck linebacker behind junior college transfer Brandon Golson. Sophomore Eric Kinsey had been the backup after moving from defensive end, but he was back on the defensive line against the Cowboys while defensive end Kyle Rose moved to backup nose guard to replace injured Christian Brown.
Gross was used as a blitzer, sometimes alongside Golson, and finished with two tackles and one quarterback hurry. Patterson had Gross stand up across an offensive guard and use his speed to cause problems.
"He just has a knack for knowing how to get to the quarterback," Patterson said.
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Gross was a late-bloomer in preseason practice and a surprise inclusion on the depth chart before the season opener against William & Mary.
"When I first looked at him, it was like, 'Good grief.' I thought he was here to play basketball," Patterson said. "He shows up at 185 pounds and you think there's no way the kid can play. That was probably my fault.
"We just assumed he would redshirt, but we got kind of dinged up in camp and one day we throw him out there and he looks like a 185-pound Lawrence Taylor. Then it's, 'Jeez, maybe we need to look a little closer before we make that decision.'"
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