The Mountaineers defense will be without their junior safety who has started 26 straight games for the Mountaineers. Head coach Dana Holgorsen announced that the junior safety sustained a season-ending knee injury during Wednesday’s practice.
Askew-Henry was the fourth leading tackler for the Mountaineers last year and the leading returning tackler for West Virginia.
“This is a tremendous loss for our football team. Without a doubt Dravon was one of our leaders on and off the field. We will support him through his recovery and work with him to get him 100 percent back to health.
Dravon was expecting to step up into a leadership role this year with the Mountaineers. Safety coach Matt Camponi recently raved about Dravon’s understanding of the defense from all three levels. “He is a guy that knows the defense, he knows all three positions,” safeties coach Matt Caponi added. “He knows what is going on in front of him, not only from a linebacker standpoint, but he understands what the defensive line is doing too.”
With Askew-Henry out for the season, Toyous Avery will be asked with containing the high flying Big 12 offenses and securing a secondary that lost 4 of the 5 starting defensive backs to graduation or the NFL Draft.
WVU reveals that junior free safety Dravon Askew-Henry tore the ACL in his left knee and is out for the season.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) August 12, 2016
Let us all, however, take a moment to wish Dravon Askew-Henry a speedy and full recovery so he can pick up next year where he left off.— Bob Hertzel (@bhertzel) August 12, 2016