MORGANTOWN, W.Va. Deeming the road to his junior season ‘a long one’ would be an understatement for Daryl Worley. After an injury filled 2014-15 season and some off field issues, Worley says he has never felt more comfortable in the old gold and blue as he does now.
“I feel so comfortable out there right now, between not just what I know I can do, but also what my teammates can do,” said Worley. “They keep me very comfortable. The experience that we have around us is phenomenal. It keeps us all on our toes.”
While missing spring practices and the annual WVU Gold-Blue Spring Game due to recovery, many counted Worley out as a conditioned threat for the upcoming season.
Worley, however, kept his eye on the prize.
“I think it’s a great thing that we are able to do things in the summer, which actually helped a lot of us to loosen up. It helped me get back into the tune of things,” he said. “I was able to work back with the one’s and get back in tune. I wasn’t that rusty going into camp. The only difference is the pads.”
“One thing I know is that coach Joseph focused on while I was out all spring was conditioning and getting my wind back. He was staying on top of everything because in the summertime he knew that the weight would come and everything would be perfectly fine,” he added.
What often sets Worley apart is his on-field presence. Worley is known to many of his teammates as ‘one of those guys’ that lead them to perform better just by stepping onto the field, simply because he’s a pure athlete and knows exactly what he’s supposed to do on every play.
Which, of course, doesn’t just come naturally.
Worley credits the time he’s spent watching film and talking with coaches, notably West Virginia’s defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, with allowing him to stay sharp for when game day rolls around.
“I think the mental reps come out more while you’re watching, trying to get the play call and seeing what Gibby (Tony Gibson) calls and then translating it to see what other players might do,” said Worley. “I think the real mental reps come when you’re in the film room and going over how that happened. You see what you could have done better and what someone else could have done.”
Worley saw action in 11 games last season collecting 52 tackles, 44 of which were solo, four pass breakups and a team-leading three interceptions.
Now that he’s 100 percent healthy and focused solely on football, you can expect to see Worley in on a majority of the Mountaineers’ game changing defensive plays.