Three and a half weeks after he was initially suspended by West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen for a “violation of team rules”, sophomore cornerback Daryl Worley will return to the team.
Worley’s suspension came as a result of a warrant being issued for his arrest after being charged with battery due to an altercation with a female outside a club.
Holgorsen’s decision was made after Worley agreed to a plea agreement after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault, according to WVMetroNews.com’s Hoppy Kercheval.
Holgorsen released a statement Wednesday to explain his decision:
Worley’s return couldn’t come at a better time. The 6-1, 199-pound sophomore is the team’s best cover corner, and the Mountaineers are set to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Baylor Bears and Oklahoma State Sooners in consecutive weeks.
Without Worley in the lineup, the Mountaineers suffered only 320 passing yards the past two weeks against the Oklahoma Sooners and Kansas Jayhawks. West Virginia’s improved secondary will only benefit from Worley’s return.
Just days after word broke West Virginia had suspended starting defensive back Daryl Worley for a violation of team rules, a warrant for his arrest has been issued by Morgantown police.
As reported by The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a warrant was issued Wednesday afternoon. Worley has been charged with battery as a result of an altercation with a female outside a nightclub early Sunday morning. As the sports world is constantly reacting to various headlines regarding physical abuse of women by football players, West Virginia suspending Worley was an easy decision to make while the legal process plays out. As reported, citing information from police reports, Worley allegedly put his hands around the neck of a woman and pushed her down. There is no report on any serious injuries, but the incident as described is certainly not a good luck.
West Virginia is set to host Oklahoma this weekend. The loss of Worley is a hit to the Mountaineers on defense, but this issue is clearly more important than football.
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.