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Dylan Tonkery has been gaining praise from the West Virginia coaches throughout the preseason, and he may soon be a household name for Mountaineer fan and others.

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The 2017 Mountaineer football profile series continues with a true Mountaineer, West Virginia native Dylan Tonkery. The name may seem familiar, because Tonkery’s older brother, Wes, also played for the Mountaineers. So while Dylan Tonkery comes in with high expectations, he is already starting to show that he will have no problem exceeding those expectations.

Dylan Tonkery, LB, #10

Year: Freshman (Redshirt)

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 222

Hometown: Bridgeport, WV

High School: Bridgeport High School

How he got to Morgantown

Tonkery has made a name for himself with his incredible success at Bridgeport High School. While at Bridgeport, Tonkery was very well known for his defensive ability at safety. He also put up incredible numbers at the running back position. Tonkery and the Indians won back-to-back state championships during his high school career, which was largely accredited to Tonkery’s All-State performances those years. After his career in Bridgeport, Tonkery knew he was coming to Morgantown.

2017 Prospectus

Tonkery’s name has been in much of the preseason discussion thus far. The West Virginia coaches have been saying that he has been “testing out elite.” Tonkery has not only been showing his great potential, but also his eagerness to play with pride for West Virginia. This has put him in the discussion to possibly start at the beginning of this season. If he does start and has consistent playing time this season, Tonkery could really make a name for himself. A West Virginia native with not only great athletic ability, but also tremendous pride for the team and the state, could become an instant fan favorite.

Dream Season

A dream season for Tonkery would be earning a starting position at the beginning of the season, and keeping it. His incredible athletic ability means that he may be able to fit into a necessary position. In a dream season, Tonkery would also contend for Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. Tonkery could also contribute to over 20 tackles and create a few turnovers in a dream season. If the praise that Tonkery has already been getting from the West Virginia coaches reflects his in-game ability, this dream season could become reality.

Up Next

This week, the 2017 Mountaineer football player profiles will continue to highlight defensive players.