The so called 3-3-5 defense is definitely a good fit for WVU in the Big 12, but it really is not a true 3-3-5. The alignment is more of a system of taking advantage of the most talented personnel.
This version is being implemented by Coach Tony Gibson with the assistance of Coach Tom Bradley. Expect a mix of Penn State and Rich Rod. WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen simply refers to it as a odd stack.
The idea is to create mis-matches against an offense without making substitutions. In the pass happy, fast paced Big 12 that is a very important consideration. In a video recorded by BlueGoldNews, Coach Gibson discusses his defensive philosophy:
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