Daron Roberts remains a popular interview request at WVU, and I need not tell you why. On Tuesday, he was again discussing the embattled players at his position when he said something interesting about freshmen cornerbacks Nana Kyeremeh and Ricky Rumph.
“It’s a difficult position to mature quickly at,” Roberts said. “That’s absolutely not an excuse, but they are developing. I can’t make a prediction and start calling them the next Brandon Hogan and Keith Tandy, but the questions we’ll get in two years will be more, ‘Wow, aren’t you happy you’ve got two experienced corners? Isn’t it great they played their freshman years?’”
My quick counter: Actually, you do have Hogan and Tandy.
Remember when Hogan got fooled and stumbled a few times at ECU in 2008? Remember when Tandy got schooled by USF receivers before Remember November in 2009? Those were bad moments for young players who became NFL-good cornerbacks.
Can the same be said of Nana, who started against Kansas State, and Rumph, who played a bunch and was even on the field at times with Nana? We can’t say for sure, but we know they’re getting the rock tumbler treatment this season.
One or both may start or play a lot against TCU. Figure the Horned Frogs, who have found a way to make plays in the passing game, might try to do unto WVU as have so many others. Yet WVU might find a way to fix things despite the attention.
“It’s not the Big Ten,” he said. “The Big 12 throws so much you can’t tell who’s being picked on or when someone is just running their offense. We’re not playing Wisconsin, that’s for sure. We’re playing teams in the Big 12, and from what I’ve seen, they’re throwing the ball on both sides. That doesn’t matter. You just have to make a play.”
It’s that last part that bothered Kyeremeh since the Baylor game. That was his only action that day and he knew he blew it, knew he’d flipped the wrong way and never got back to even put his arms in the air. He hadn’t seen the fade pattern until the fourth quarter against Kansas State, when the Wildcats were at the WVU 7-yard line up 52-14.
Roberts told Kyeremeh to watch for the fade or a quick hitch. Kyeremeh bet on the fade and knew he could run up to tackle the hitch on third down. Sure enough, the fade pass went to the corner and Kyeremeh was ready to break up the play and force a field goal.
“I should have had the interception,” he said, “but I think that helped me put that other moment behind me and move on.”