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Up The Middle

Anthony Leonard

In baseball, strength "up the middle" has long been a goal for managers, especially on defense. Put together a strong defensive catcher, second baseman, shortstop and center fielder, and you can cut down scoring chances for opposing teams.

The same is true in football, and West Virginia displayed its defensive strength inside against the run in spades in the Mountaineers' 34-17 win over Auburn. Auburn did have some success on the ground, totaling 149 yards against the Mountaineer defense. However, the bulk of those yards came on outside runs, and on a couple of broken pass play scrambles by quarterback Kodi Burns. But when the... Recommended Stories