When the Seattle Seahawks selected WVU DE Bruce Irvin in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, they did so with a vision of him becoming an every down player. During his rookie season, he started in nickel and dime packages opposite of Chris Clemons on passing downs. He went on to lead all rookies with eight sacks. Over the course of the season, the team peppered Irvin on running downs with increasing frequency, easing him into a role as an every down player.
In yesterday’s Wildcard game victory over the Redskins, Clemons left the game with a knee injury. It was confirmed this afternoon that he tore his ACL. This moves Irvin into the starting lineup in his second ever Playoff game. Irvin has extra motivation in the game whether he starts or not, as he grew up in Atlanta.
The Falcons are mainly a passing team, so Irvin’s taking over for Clemons could work in Seattle’s favor as opposed to a potential matchup against the 49ers who have a strong running game.
For details on Irvin’s performance against the Redskins yesterday, and to read about now the other three WVUPros in the Wildcard Round fared, click here.