MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Pardon Nick Kwiatoski if he feels a touch of an identity crisis.
He's had a bunch of identities in his time on campus at West Virginia.
Begin at the end - his last name. It's not pronounced the way it looks.
It's not pronounced the way WVU offers with a guide on the online roster, that being kee-wuh-CAH-skee.
It's the sort of trouble perhaps only defensive end Noble Nwachukwu can understand. Maybe cornerback Nana Kyeremeh.
The name WVU hopes to hear coming out of the speakers at Mountaineer Field and road stadiums throughout the season is actually quit-COW-skee, something Kwiatoski is lucky to hear once in a while.
"People around here at least get it close," he said. "I've gotten it all my life. The biggest thing was when I was playing baseball when I was younger and I'd go to tournaments and hear it every time I was up. People would totally butcher it. But I'm used to it now. It doesn't bother me."
Credit the sophomore from Bethel Park, Pa., just outside of Pittsburgh, for raising awareness during spring football with the Mountaineers. Observers are learning not only who he is, but where he's playing, too.
That's not insignificant. Recruited as a defensive back and first recognized as a noticeable player on special teams in 2012, Kwiatoski is now a Will linebacker playing inside in the 3-4 defense.
Kwiatoski never really thought he'd be banging into guards and the center instead of chasing running backs and receivers.
"I was always thinking safety and maybe - maybe - an outside linebacker position," said Kwiatoski, who played in high school for West Virginia native and former WVU graduate assistant Jeff Metheny. "I knew I could play in the old (3-3-5) stack, for sure as a safety, probably a spur or maybe a bandit. That's what they told me."