Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Will Brodrick Jenkins turn around the WVU secondary in 2013?
FCB: Ishmael Banks—Jr.
2. Terrell Chestnut—So.
3. Brandon Napoleon—Fr.
FS: Karl Joseph—So.
2. K.J. Dillon—So.
BS: Terrell Pinson—Jr.
2. Darwin Cook—Sr.
3. Malik Greaves—Fr.
BCB: Brodrick Jenkins—Sr.
2. Nana Kyeremeh—So.
3. Ricky Rumph—So.
The only way to go is up for the West Virginia secondary in 2013.
The Mountaineers finished 2012 No. 122 in the nation in passing defense.
Cornerback Pat Miller will be the only departure from this young group and many WVU fans will be glad to see him go.
Brodrick Jenkins will return at corner for his senior season, but he'll have to be better than he was in 2012, otherwise we could see another cornerback carousel like the one the Mountaineers used this season.
Opposite him, I have Ishmael Banks as the other starter, though the slot is really up in the air.
As the WVU coaching staff showed this year, any defensive back (safety or corner) could really step up and claim either of the starting slots.
This leaves the door open for Terrell Chestnut, Nana Kyeremeh, Brandon Napoleon, Avery Williams, Ricky Rumph and others. It's just a matter of who will walk through that doorway and decide to show the ability to lock down in coverage.
At safety, Karl Joseph—called the team's best defensive player by his coaching staff—is a no-doubter in the starting lineup. He was WVU's best playmaker and hardest hitter, so he'll most certainly have his slot as a starter.
At the other slot, Darwin Cook may not have it so easy. His 2012 campaign didn't go as planned, and he capped it of with an absolutely abysmal Pinstripe Bowl.
With junior college safety Terrell Pinson coming to Morgantown, Cook could lose his starting role.
K.J. Dillon saw some time in 2012 and could figure even more into the mix this upcoming season.
Finally, one of WVU's most highly-touted commits for the 2013 class is safety Malik Greaves. The youngster has the size and strength to make an immediate impact in the maligned Mountaineer secondary.