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The Five Things on WVU Football’s Christmas Wish List

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The Five Things on WVU Football's Christmas Wish List

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So it’s Christmas once more. Everyone is beginning to get their wish lists completed for the anticipated arrival of the man in red to bring their presents.

Children across America will wake up early and run to the tree to see what Santa brought.

Some want toys, others hope for that one special gift they’ve waited for their whole life and the rest just hope to survive the holiday.

Believe it or not, a lot of people don’t realize that football teams are just as anxious for Christmas morning. Football teams throughout America have a specific set of wants and needs they would like to see fulfilled on Christmas morning.

For these teams however, there is another whole category of items to be desired. Teams covet things like the stars that will bring them national championships, or for players to develop the way they are supposed to. Some hope for fans to stay loyal to the program and others hope to land the coach of their dreams.

Regardless of the school, there is always something that a team needs.

There are a number of fairly obvious things that any college football program would want. Any team in the country desires a national or conference championship, so I purposely did not include these types of “wants”.

I’d like to present to you the wish list for the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Mountaineers had a weird 2012 season, starting the year with five wins before losing five straight and finishing 7-6. They hope to close out the season with a win in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the Syracuse Orange on Dec 29.

So without further ado, here are the five things on WVU’s Christmas wish list.

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A Defense

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WVU has a number of defensive recruits on the way, but is hoping to have these recruits develop into a strong defense. Had WVU’s defense been halfway decent this season, it could have finished much stronger in the 2012 season.

WVU wants a defense under its tree on Christmas morning.

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Ford Childress to be as Good as Advertised

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With quarterback Geno Smith recently graduated, the Mountaineers will likely turn to redshirt freshman Ford Childress. Childress is a pro style quarterback from Houston, Texas, who will be capable of making an impact in coming years.

The 6’4, 210 pound quarterback was recruited as a three star recruit, but has drawn early comparisons to current NFL star Andrew Luck.

WVU would love nothing more than for Childress to develop into his full potential.

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11 More Tavon Austins

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After last season, the Mountaineers had one player who performed well no matter what the situation. This player was receiver/tailback Tavon Austin.

If WVU could find a way to clone its star from last year, it would love to create 11 more of him to play every offensive position.

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Keith Patterson to Do a Better Job Than Joe Deforest

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In addition to its brand new defense, the Mountaineers hope that now that Keith Patterson has taken the defensive coordinator position from Joe Deforest, who led one of the worst defenses in the country, the Mountaineers hope he can do a much better job.

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A Lockdown Cornerback

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WVU has a strong recruiting class already established for the 2013 season, especially on defense. The only position the team has a desperate need for is a cornerback.

The cornerbacks were exceptionally weak last season for WVU, and defensive backs coach Daron Roberts announced he will not be with the team next season.

WVU is hoping Santa will drop a lockdown corner in its stocking this Christmas.