Both are words that West Virginia University football coach Neal Brown used to describe his defensive front since the Mountaineers claimed a 27-21 double-overtime win Saturday over Baylor.
The WVU defense yielded just 27 rushing yards on 33 carries, sacked Bears quarterback Charlie Brewer six times, picked him off twice and came up with stop after stop as the Mountaineers offense faced its own struggles.
Early this week, the national recognition rolled in, specifically for senior defensive lineman Darius Stills, who was named the Big 12 Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week, the Chuck Bednarik National Player of the Week and the Athlon Defensive Player of the Week after racking up 21/2 sacks and 31/2 tackles for loss.
It’s nothing new in terms of production for Stills, who sacked Brewer three times in a 17-14 loss to Baylor a year ago in Waco, Texas.
But according to Brown, there has been something different about Stills’ focus over the past few weeks, and Brown believes that led directly to his big game on Saturday.
“He’s had his two best weeks of preparation since I’ve been here and our staff has been here and I think there’s a direct correlation in that,” Brown said. “His prep and practice habits were much improved.”
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