Five WVU Freshmen To Watch: No. 3, CBs Broderick Jenkins and Pat Miller

Frank AhrensSenior Writer IAugust 27, 2009

It's not unusual for a skilled offensive player to get playing time as true freshman. Running back Noel Devine did it, as did running back/slot Jock Sanders. Sometimes a wide receiver will get in the mix. If a freshman makes a mistake on offense, it's usually a missed hole or a dropped pass. No big deal.

On defense, it's rarer, if only for the potential of game-changing mistakes. And it's almost unheard-of in the defensive secondary, where one misstep can lead to a touchdown for the other team.

All of which goes to show how highly the West Virginia coaching staff thinks of true freshmen cornerbacks Broderick Jenkins and Pat Miller, both of whom will be in the rotation at cornerback this season.

Jenkins's calling card: Versatility. In high school in Fort Myers, Fla., Jenkins played corner, receiver and kick returner. At WVU, he will concentrate on cornerback.

Size, nearly meaningless high school stats: 5'10", 175 pounds, runs a 4.5 40. In his senior year, he made 48 tackles, had four interceptions and nine pass breakups on defense, and caught 12 passes for 431 yards, rushed 13 times for 128 yards, had 392 yards in kick returns and scored eight touchdowns.

The plan: Getting Jenkins into the mix right away, possibly as early as the opener against Liberty.

Where you'll see Jenkins on the field: Fifth-string behind starting cornerback Brandon Hogan. But don't expect that to last.

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Miller's calling card: In high school in Hoover, Ala., Miller was something of a celebrity. He appeared in MTV's reality series, "Two a Days," set in Hoover.

Size, nearly meaningless high school stats: 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, runs a 4.45 40. As a senior, had 64 tackles, four tackles for loss, four pass breakups, one forced fumble and a team-leading five interceptions

The plan: Same as Jenkins.

Where you'll see Miller on the field: Fourth-string behind starting cornerback Keith Tandy. See Jenkins, above.

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