First Darwin Cook more or less says WVU’s defense was “terrible” last season because the players had bad discipline and maybe worse attitudes.
Now Ishmael Banks, who was swallowed up by the injury to Travis Bell that I still think people can’t accurately measure the effect of, points the finger at himself. Watch the cornerback explain why he was a so-so safety before he was moved back to a starting cornerback.
“It caught me off guard,” he said. “That’s what I’m there for. I’m supposed to be ready at all times for any problems. But I didn’t prepare like I should have in the offseason.”
Banks didn’t like the way he played, not as it was happening and not now as he looks back at the few games he played safety. There’s a level of pride that compels him to advertise, “That was not me.”
“I was playing corner and getting in the rotation a lot and then it was, ‘We’re going to move you to safety,’ ” Banks said. “That was like, ‘Oh, man, that’s not me. I don’t play safety. I want to play corner.’
“I don’t feel like I accepted my role – I know I didn’t accept the role. I didn’t. I didn’t pursue it like it was my job. I feel like if it was corner they were asking me to play, I would have taken that on.”
I think we can agree admitting there was a problem is a big part of fixing the problem.