Nigel Warrior ‘playing with instinct’ under new coaching staff

Nigel Warrior ‘playing with instinct’ under new coaching staff

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Nigel Warrior ‘playing with instinct’ under new coaching staff

KNOXVILLE — As fall training camp turns into West Virginia game preparation, Jeremy Pruitt addressed junior defensive back Nigel Warrior’s improvement.

“He has continued to work hard,” Pruitt said. “I have seen a lot of improvement out of him this fall camp, he is doing much better playing the ball, tackling in space. He just has to continue to work.”

Warrior also met with the media and said he has improved under the new coaching staff.

“I have seen a change in my game gradually,” Warrior said. “I am learning something new every day. Even if I have a bad day, I get to improve on something new.”

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Warrior attributes his improvement towards the coaching staff being “excellent teachers.”

“They know how to explain it to you and they have a different teaching style for every person,” he said. “I can see eye-to-eye with Coach Pruitt, Coach (Charles) Kelly and Coach (Kevin) Sherrer. I feel I like I’m at home and feel very comfortable with them, it just helps me a lot.”

Warrior says that it has not been difficult adjusting to Pruitt’s defensive schemes.

“Adjusting to the defense is not hard,” he said. “He (Pruitt) keeps it very simple for us to learn. I feel like I am getting more intelligent with my game play and I can play with instincts instead of just thinking. What I like about this defense is playing tough, being physical and being hard-nosed getting to the ball.

“The biggest strength this year is running to the ball, knowing what we do and playing with instinct.”

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