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What Daryl Worley's Return Means To West Virginia

After some off field issues, WVU's leading pickoff defender, Daryl Worley, returns to the Mountaineers

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Daryl Worley got off to a great sophomore season with an interception against (then) number 2, Alabama. He also had nine solo tackles and 11 total tackles. Against Towson, Worley didn't make much of an impact while only recording two total tackles, one of which was a solo tackle. Against Maryland Worley got back into game changing form, recording another inception, which still leads WVU, and four solo tackles. One of which was a loss of five yards for Maryland.

Upon returning to Morgantown after the big win, Worley got into a scuffle with a female at a club. He was thus suspended from the team until the investigation could be completed.

Worley missed WVU's games against Oklahoma and Kansas. Earlier this week he was reinstated to all football activities and will play against Texas Tech.

Even missing two games, Worley still leads the Mountaineers in interceptions and is fifth on the team with 17 tackles. He is also tied for fifth in tackles for losses with two.

With the next four opponents all being the Big 12's best passing offenses in Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and TCU, Worley's return couldn't have come at a better time.

Worley's return to the Mountaineers will mean that opposing offenses will have to know where he is on the field. His return changes the game planning of other teams offenses because he is an impact player that can pick the ball off and make big tackles. Worley will help keep the next four opponents offenses somewhat honest.

Terrell Chestnut and Ishmael Banks have done a good job in Worley's absence, but Worley is clearly WVU's number one cover corner and in the Big 12, added depth in the secondary is never a bad thing.