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Tony Gibson (Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers coach)

Gibson enters his fifth year as the defensive play-caller and has quickly turned the Mountaineers’ defense from a liability to a strength. West Virginia, once among the worst defenses in the conference, ranked first in the Big XII in scoring defense, total defense and opponent’s first downs in 2016. The famed 3-3-5 stack defense is a unique look for opponents, and Gibson has done a fine job of finding the right athletes for his system. The 2017 season was something of an anomaly, as the defense was 10th in the conference against the run and was in the bottom half of many other statistical categories. This season, Gibson returns the most starters (5) in three seasons; he’ll look to piece together a defense that can complement the league’s best offense for a chance at a Big 12 championship. Look for veterans Dravon Askew-Henry, David Long Jr., Toyous Avery and Reese Donahue to lead Gibson’s “DAWGS”.

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