WVU's Surefire, Splashy Players Talk Opener

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia has both proven and promising talent. Here, both are on display as proven commodities like Daikiel Shorts and Daryl Worley, as well as a promising talent in Xavier Preston, discuss camp and dissect their own games, as well as the initial opponent in Georgia Southern.

Preston, below, has emerged as arguably the most praised future starter for defensive coordinator Tony Gibson. The sophomore linebacker - who resembles former 'backer and current defensive graduate assistant Anthony Leonard in body frame - has garnered the sorts of verbal accolades from the staff that come with only the finest of performances. But that's in the typical practice sessions. Here, Preston notes the differences in those stale sessions and live game action, and notes his approach to the game and his future plans for both excelling on the field, and becoming a team leader for teams as his career progresses.


Shorts, below, speaks to the continuing developmental relationship with quarterback Skyler Howard and how he and the junior signal caller see against certain defensive sets. Shorts, 24 catches for 346 yards (14.4 yard average) and two scores last year, also notes how the younger players who will be relied upon on the outside are responding and what is left to accomplish within the next week as West Virginia readies for the opener.


And finally Worley, who has NFL potential, gives basic responses to a series of questions regarding whether he would be looking toward that this early in his career. Despite it being more than a week before the initial game of his junior season, some media members are apparently already pressing him as to whether this will be his final season. Despite the onslaught, Worley showcases his growth from last season and continually delves back into what concerns him and West Virginia, which is the preparation for the upcoming opponent.



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