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A Thunder Who Plays Like Lightning

Thor Merrow knows he can't make many mistakes and expect to play nose tackle in West Virginia's odd stack defense.

Despite West Virginia's offseason alterations to its secondary setup, the nose remains arguably the most important position on the defense. The entire setup of the 3-3-5 is predicated on a nose guard who can keep the center from reaching the second level, freeing the middle linebacker, and others, to make plays. Preferably, the middle of the defensive line will demand double teams, eliminating the...

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