Summer busy for WVU aide Crook
MORGANTOWN – It has been a very, very busy summer for Parkersburg South graduate Ron Crook as the former Stanford offensive line coach looks to transition West Virginia University’s offensive front into one resembling those he had with the Cardinal and at Harvard.
“We talk about it (who is going to be the leaders up front),” Crook said. “We’ve spent a lot of time watching cutups of the spring and working on technique.”
First and foremost for the West Liberty University graduate is the development of a pair of tackles to replace the departed Curtis Feigt and Nick Kindler.
“We will move some players around , but when it comes down to it, our quarterback needs to have the confidence that the left tackle that is supposed to be protecting his blind side is capable of doing just that,” continued Crook.
Marquis Lucas and Adam Pankey came out of the spring as the players atop the depth chart at the tackle slots.
The unit appears solid at both guard slots as well as at center where Tyler Orlosky returns after seeing action in 11 games with three starts as a redshirt freshman.
Lining up beside Orlosky will be All-Big 12 performer Quinton Spain at left guard with Mark Glowinski penned in to be the starter at right guard. Both are fifth-year seniors and Crook expects them to eventually take over the leadership role for the unit.
“Watching film gives you a chance to correct what the players are doing, but it also gives me an opportunity to see what mistakes I made,” Crook said. “Did I have us in the right set for the play called. You see things on film and it gives you a chance to evaluate yourself as well as the kids. The key thing is that we are focusing on us (the offensive line) during film sessions.”