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BREAKING NEWS: Dravon Askew-Henry Out for Season with Knee Injury

Junior Dravon Askew-Henry sustained a season-ending knee injury on Wednesday. Tony Gibson and the West Virginia defense will now be tasked with containing the high-flying Big 12 without their leading returning tackler.

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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.