A change seems unlikely, though, because Snow impressed ... and everyone trusts Goode.
"If we could clone three of him, we'd like to have him at each of the three linebacker spots," Holgorsen said. "He's a good player, he's a team leader and he understands what Jeff wants him to do on defense."
Goode can also help Snow, who, in his most extensive playing time, actually led the team with nine tackles. He credited Goode for slowing him down during the game.
"The first half I was just getting into the flow of things," he said. "The second half I felt a lot more comfortable and played a lot faster. It was a great experience for me."
Mostly, Snow was solid and the linebackers were reliable when Casteel was looking for just that from the group he coaches.
A week earlier he started Josh Francis at the weak side spot against LSU. Last week, Casteel allowed Casey Vance to return to the starting spot he held the first three games before sitting out all of the LSU game.
Goode was the team's leading tackler after four games, but the next five on the list were cornerbacks and safeties - though opponents have had to pass while trailing against WVU and safeties Terence Garvin and Darwin Cook have been present and active near the line of scrimmage a lot this season.
Still, the linebackers had no sacks in four games and two of the 6 1/2 tackles for a loss belonged to Rigg's backup, sophomore Tyler Anderson. No interceptions, no forced or fumbles recoveries, no quarterback hurries.
There were no linebacker sacks, interceptions, forced or recovered fumbles or hurries against Bowling Green, but there was no significant slip with Snow in the middle and true freshman Jared Barber filling in from time to time. Snow split one tackle for a loss with defensive tackle Julian Miller. Barber had one tackle for a loss on his own.
Goode said he felt out of place briefly, but settled in and rediscovered the liberties he had on the strong side. He returned to doing things his experience permitted, things Rigg had not yet learned or been allowed to do, but said he was also a little jealous of Snow.
"He had more tackles than me, so I told him I might have to move him out of the way next week," Goode said. "But I had a little more freedom to do what I want. I actually blitzed a little more and moved around a little more."
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