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Dual Challenge

Chris Beatty

New West Virginia assistant coach Chris Beatty will be handling the running backs and slot receivers, and faces the challenge of coordinating the teaching and gameplanning of both positions. How will he approach the tutoring of players that run with the ball versus those that catch it?

In West Virginia's offense, there are certainly similarities between the two positions. Running backs will sometimes line up in the slot on pass plays, and slot receivers can catch screens, which are really just an elongated version of a toss sweep. The slots can also take the ball on reverses, so some of the skills required for the positions are certainly the same. A year ago, West Virginia...

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