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Roommates Fight for WVU Right Tackle Position

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Imagine you're up for a promotion at work and there is one primary competitor who is seeking that exact same position as the one you've been pushing so hard for. Then imagine that the same competitor lives with you every day.

Meet Curtis Feigt and Nick Kindler.

The two West Virginia offensive linemen are battling for the role as the Mountaineers' starting right tackle and they also happen to be roommates.

They spend three days a week fending off defensive linemen and linebackers in the trenches just to beat out the same person who they carpool with and share a bowl of cornflakes with before going into work. It sounds a little awkward, sure, but these two insist they have each other's best interest at heart.

"Nick and I, we're like brothers," Feigt says. "We've been living together for the past four or five years, we're always encouraging each other, we talk about life struggles, girlfriends, wives, whatever. It's just been a good relationship between us two, and yeah, we definitely encourage each other."

Both are redshirt seniors, so they have been through many of their trials as football players together. Kindler missed his entire redshirt freshman season due to injury and has had to work his way back into the rotation through his versatility, proving himself across the line in order to sub in when a starter went down.

Feigt had his own injury woes last season while getting five consecutive starts at right tackle. Their frustrations have been evident, and the plan is to take a clean bill of health into this final season to gain the spot the other is trying to claim as his own.

"There's always been the mentality of working for a starting spot, whether it was last year getting my stuff together, learning the offense, learning my position, learning both side of the ball at right tackle and left tackle," says Kindler. "It's always been the goal to be a starter and that's always been my mentality since coming off my injury my second year here was I was really working to try and get back, catch up to the guys for the year that I missed and just get in the starting rotation."

Right now, Feigt is taking reps with the first team unit in practice, while Kindler lines up with the twos. Each is as worried about his own place in the lineup and how he can positively impact the team, but with how often they are observing the other, they root just as hard for their roommate to find success.

"We've been pushing each other hard," says Feigt. "If I mess up somewhere or take the wrong step, he's on me. He tells me what I'm doing wrong, I tell him what he's doing wrong and we're just making each other better."

Among the many things they have experienced in five years together at West Virginia have been two coaching changes.

Feigt and Kindler worked with Dave Johnson in their first two seasons with the Mountaineers before Bill Bedenbaugh took over with head coach Dana Holgorsen's staff and now they are getting accustomed to Ron Crook's coaching style.

It's an unfortunate sign of the nature of the college coaching profession, but one that has taught both players how to roll with the punches and continue to stay focused on their team goals despite the changes that they cannot control.

"I've really found that Coach Crook has been pretty much a middle point between my last two offensive line coaches," says Kindler. "Coach Johnson was really quiet and he just taught us a lot. Coach Bedenbaugh taught us a lot, too, but he was on us really hard. Coach Crook's really in the middle there, he's teaching us a ton, it's different techniques or just some different scheme stuff, but we're all really getting into it, so it's difficult the first couple of days just getting the transition in, but other than that, we're just all coming out and playing."

Along with Pat Eger, Feigt and Kindler are the most senior members of the offensive line and with that distinction comes a fair amount of responsibility to lead the group as a whole.

They push their younger teammates and they push each other to put together the best offensive line West Virginia can field in 2013. Then they go home and talk about whatever else is on a college athlete's mind.   

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