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Report: Starting CB for WVU faces eligibility issues

Ishmael Banks

The West Virginia Mountaineers surrendered 263.3 passing yards per game in 2013. The Mountaineers’ defense finished 106th overall in pass defense. It doesn’t get much worse…unless the team loses its top cornerback. That’s exactly what the Mountaineers are facing as the 2014 season looms.

According to WV Metro News, senior cornerback Ishmael “Icky” Banks “is dealing with an academic eligibility issue that could sideline him this season.”

Banks has played in 36 games the past three seasons and started every game in 2013. He’s the leader of the secondary and a calming influence on the younger players at the position.

“I’m still learning from him,” sophomre Daryl Worley to Metro News two weeks ago. “There’s times when I feel myself getting overwhelmed and angry with myself and he can calm me down.”

With Banks potentially out of the lineup, junior Terrell Chestnut will likely slide into the starting role opposite Worley. It’s also an opportunity for four-star recruit and crown jewel of WVU’s 2014 recruiting class, Dravon Henry (Aliquippa, Penn./Aliquippa) to earn early playing time.

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2 Responses to “Report: Starting CB for WVU faces eligibility issues”
  1. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Aug 18, 2014 9:02 PM

    Bad, but not too bad for the team though. This kid has heart but gets burnt a lot! He actually hits pretty well for a corner. Hope he finds a way to overcome this and performs better this season.

  2. brtndr4u says: Aug 18, 2014 10:03 PM

    better learn quick Bama is 12 days away

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