2015 Big 12 Position Rankings: Defensive Line

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No. 8 West Virginia:

Nov 16, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers defensive lineman Noble Nwachukwu (97) on the sidelines against the Kansas Jayhawks in the second half at Memorial Stadium. Kansas won the game 31-19. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The Mountaineers have a steep hill to climb in the 2015 season. They lose their best defensive lineman in Shaq Riddick, but return starters at the other two positions. The biggest problem West Virginia faces is a severe lack in depth. They haven’t recruited well in the trenches as of late, and Noble Nwachukwu is the only true test for opposing offensive linemen. It’s not clear who the role players will be just yet, but with the high-octane offense Dana Holgorsen employs in Morgantown, fatigue may end up being the straw that broke the camel’s back this upcoming season.