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WVU football: Exciteable Rose making his way

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia's coaching staff named defensive lineman Kyle Rose the team's defensive player of the week for how he played in last week's win against TCU. The sophomore from Centerville, Ohio, surely celebrated the honor, but probably not too much.

One of his seven tackles and 11/2 tackles for a loss was on the first play of overtime when Rose dropped running back Waymon James for a 6-yard loss. Rose was really happy with the play. He fired out his arms and started to run as he yelled and motioned at his sideline.

"He's excited and there's a time for that, but I don't know if overtime is the time for that," defensive line coach Erik Slaughter said. "We have to be careful about getting a celebration penalty, and we've talked about that. We sat down and had a face-to-face about that. I like the passion he plays with, but he needs to curb that a little bit at times, especially in overtime."

Rose didn't realize what he was doing when it happened and said he had to see it on film to understand what everyone was talking about. When he saw the play and the reaction, he said he understood he was "kind of being an idiot."

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Rose, who can play both defensive end positions and nose guard and has been quite valuable for a line that's lost backups at both positions, promised to control himself in the future.

"We've just got to find the right times to celebrate," he said. "I guess right after a play when the referee's been pretty strict on celebrating after the whistle probably wouldn't be the best time to throw my hands up and run 10 yards down the field in the middle of the field."

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CHARLES SIMS rushed for 154 yards against the Horned Frogs, something no one had done in the 13 seasons Gary Patterson has been the head coach, but the team's offensive player of the week award went to players who made that possible.

The coaches picked left guard Quinton Spain and right guard Mark Glowinski, the players who led the way for WVU's effective power running plays.

On those plays, a guard drops back out of his stance and sweeps back across to the other side of the line to set a block on a linebacker or a defensive back.

The Mountaineers used it more against TCU than they had against an opponent all season and were only called for one penalty - and WVU didn't agree with the call against Spain in overtime when he covered a defender and turned and slammed him to the ground.

Avoiding penalties impressed Crook because it's not easy for big, lumbering players out in space to run at and zero in on smaller, quicker defenders.

Span, for instance, was moved from left tackle because Crook thought he'd be more effective inside, where he wouldn't have to deal with the open space to his left.

"It went well," Crook said. "One of the things we told them was to use it to your advantage and make them make a decision.

"If you slow down and let them figure out what to do, they've got the advantage because they're quicker. If we attack, it keeps the advantage on our side."

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THE MOUNTAINEERS will need another good game from the offensive line Saturday. They play host to Texas at 7 p.m. at Mountaineer Field and the Longhorns have perhaps the best defensive line WVU will see this season.

Defensive tackle Chris Whaley has an interception and a fumble return touchdown this season, the first time a defensive tackle has scored twice in the same season in school history. Defensive tackle Malcolm Brown had 10 tackles against Iowa State. Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat leads the team and the Big 12 with six sacks.

The key, though, is 6-foot-6, 260-pound defensive end Cedric Reed. He has 11 quarterback pressures and four pass breakups, both team-high totals, and is second to Jeffcoat in tackles for a loss and sacks.

"He's tall and he's linear. He can get leverage. That really works," defensive coordinator Greg Robinson said. "And then the length of the arms, it just makes it that much better. He gets under people. He can bend, he gets under people, he gets separation. All of those things, they work for you if you can make them work for you."

They work well enough that Reed actually leads the team with 54 tackles. He's the only defensive lineman in the Big 12 to lead his team in tackles.

WVU nose guard Shaqw Rowell is fifth on the team in tackling, 29 tackles behind safety Darwin Cook's 65 stops.

"That's the thing that you like, that he's a tough guy," Robinson said of Reed. "He does it all.

"He gets dirty in there. Sometimes he's playing inside and sometimes he's out on the edge, but you never hear a peep out of him. He just goes in there and does what he has to do. I think he's developing himself into a good football player - into a very good football player."

Contact sportswriter Mike Casazza at or 304-319-1142. His blog is at


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