Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pankey’s versatility a plus for WVU

WVU offensive linemen Adam Pankey (57) has started in every game he has played in over the last three seasons. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

WVU offensive linemen Adam Pankey (57) has started in every game he has played in over the last three seasons.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Adam Pankey’s senior season didn’t begin quite as planned.

The redshirt senior missed the first game of the season due to a one-game suspension but after his return he made the most of his final year at West Virginia University and helped his team in the process.

Pankey has spent the season at both offensive tackle and guard. While it may seem like a challenging task, the 6-foot-5, 316-pound offensive lineman enjoys the challenge.

“It’s been fun, just going anywhere the team needs me,” he said. “That’s been kind of my MO this year. I really appreciate that role that the coaches trust me to do that.”

Being able to play more than one position has been beneficial to both Pankey and the Mountaineers, especially when injuries arose this season.

Adam Pankey (57) and Tyler Orlosky talk on the bench during WVU's win over BYU on September 24, 2016. (Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Adam Pankey (57) and Tyler Orlosky talk on the bench during WVU’s win over BYU on September 24, 2016.
(Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS)

Redshirt freshman Colton McKivitz also bounces around on the line but Pankey believes that the versatility of so many offensive linemen is a plus for WVU and it doesn’t cause too much chaos when someone moves.

“Our coaches do a real good job of getting us reps and whole different lineups,” he said. “And a lot of times we’ve played next to everybody that we’ve played in a game. So it’s a good comfort level.”

The Hamilton, Ohio native thinks the biggest challenge of switching positions isn’t changing spots all together but rather changing sides on the line.

“I’d probably say right tackle to left tackle (is harder),” Pankey said. “The plays you got to memorize those numbers and try not to get confused and step the wrong way. I think that would probably be more of a problem than going from left guard to left tackle.”

 

 

 

Cover Photo Credit: Kelsie LeRose, BGS

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