MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -West Virginia's football team hasn't been hit hard by injuries during the first week of fall camp, but at least one of the few is serious.
Sophomore cornerback Nana Kyeremeh will miss the season with a shoulder injury, coach Dana Holgorsen said Thursday. Kyeremeh, who played in all 13 games and started one as a true freshman in 2012, will have surgery on the shoulder and use his redshirt season.
"He went through all of spring with [the shoulder] being loose. It was loose when he got here and then he played last year with it loose,'' Holgorsen said. "Then, practice two or three, it popped out.
"We were contemplating surgery with him anyway. We know he has a redshirt year. It's going to end up being good for him. He's going to go ahead and get it fixed right now. Then he'll be back for spring.''
Two other injuries are harder to predict. Junior college running back Dreamius Smith has missed three practices with a thigh bruise, and when he will return is uncertain. Also, receiver Dante Campbell, who missed spring drills after having shoulder surgery, re-injured the shoulder this week.
Smith's injury doesn't seem serious, but as Holgorsen pointed out, neither did running back Shawne Alston's thigh bruise that he suffered in the third game a year ago. He ended up missing five games and parts of two others.
"Hopefully it's nothing major. It should be fine, but obviously that's day-to-day,'' Holgorsen said of Smith. "We thought Shawne Alston was day-to-day, too, and he ended up missing two months.
"[Campbell's] shoulder popped out again [Wednesday], so that's unfortunate for him. I don't have an update on him. I don't know if it's another surgical procedure or what, but he didn't practice, which was unfortunate for him. Other than that, we're pretty healthy.''
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