January 12, 2012

Looking ahead: Returning Defense

West Virginia's defense improved over the course of the season as seven new starters grew up and came together, and the Mountaineers will lose a number of key starters for the 2012-12 season as well, so here's WVSports.com's look at what the Mountaineers will have coming back next season.

Along the defensive line the Mountaineers will lose seniors Bruce Irvin, Julian Miller and Josh Taylor, which combined for 15 sacks and provided leadership for the unit. Irvin and Miller will be the toughest to replace after combining to create one of the fiercest pass rushes in the Big East Conference.

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