It's possible that All-Big 12 cornerback Daryl Worley has played in his final game in a West Virginia uniform, reports Mike Casazza of the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Worley will miss Saturday's Motel 6 Cactus Bowl after turning in classwork late and failing to get certified before the bowl season, coach Dana Holgorsen announced Tuesday. Freshman receiver Jovon Durante and defensive end Eric Kinsey will also miss the game as academic casualties.
Worley, who has been a key part of the Mountaineers' secondary since earning a starting role as a freshman, is considering entering the NFL draft as an early entry junior. Draft experts don't list him among the top five cornerback prospects, but Worley could end up being a Day 2 or Day 3 selection.
"We did a big report and the report came back that he should stay in school," Holgorsen told Casazza. "The ball's in his court. He knows how much we want him here."
Normally I lean toward players leaving early when they can, but in Worley's case, I think he should come back. It seems as if he is just starting to approach his potential, so he could return to West Virginia in 2016 and lock down a spot as one of the nation's top cornerbacks while improving his draft stock. It's a decision that could cost him a lot of money, but I think the reward outweighs the risk in Worley's situation.