MORGANTOWN, W.Va.– West Virginia University’s Daryl Worley is one of the most underrated players, but he is expected to play a key role for the WVU backfield.
However, the junior isn’t as focused on himself this season as he is the team dynamic.
“I’m not really so much focused on me this year,” Worley said. “I never have been. I’ve always been the team guy. I want to do my part with this team, and I want to play.
“We never know what God has in store for us. I’m going to stick to the game plan and do everything I can on the field to help my team win a championship.”
The Mountaineers’ defense is expected to be the strength of this year’s football team. Athlon Sports ranked the backfield seventh in the nation recently.
The 6-foot-2, 198-pound cornerback was the fifth-leading tackler in 2014. He had 52 tackles, including 44 solo stops, 4.5 tackles for loss and four pass breakups in 11 games.
Worley missed two games after a bar altercation last September, but he is ready to make this his breakout year.
“I want to play faster this year,” he said. “I want to be able to recognize things and be able to make more plays in the scheme of things that our defense works around.”
Worley has the strength and athleticism to become one of college football’s best cornerbacks in the game, which could put him on the radar for the NFL draft.
In the last two drafts, 28 cornerbacks were selected in the first three rounds alone.
But that isn’t Worley’s main focus going into this season.
“I’m not on that scale yet,” he said. “I’m not even mentally thinking about it. If anything, I’m prepared for these next six months of the games that we have coming up.”
For now, Worley’s main goal is helping WVU become the best secondary in the Big 12.