Chestnut, however, looks fit these days.
"When I got hurt," he said, "I could have taken two different mindsets. I could've pouted or stayed focused. I realized I could still put myself in the position I am now. I came in at 161 pounds. I decided to get bigger and stronger and am now 185. I was in the weight room every time they practiced. It was tough, but I got through it."
The redshirt freshman said if he doesn't feel 100 percent healthy, he's close.
"It feels great," Chestnut said. "It's going to be sore because I haven't played but a week of football in the last year, but it's holding up pretty well. I'm still getting treatment to prevent the injury again."
He's also taking a mature approach to his situation. Despite all the accolades earned before joining the Mountaineers, Chestnut is behind a senior in Miller, who played in at least nine games for the past three seasons and started nine last year.
"It's competition, but, at the same time, I'm pushing [Miller] to get better and he's teaching me what he knows from experience," Chestnut said.
The other corner projected to start, Brodrick Jenkins, a redshirt junior, gives Chestnut kudos.
"He's doing good, coming off injuries," Jenkins said. "He handled the redshirt and injuries pretty well. He's taking the coaching of Coach [Daron] Roberts and looking up to Pat and I."
And when Chestnut gets his opportunity, said Jenkins, don't be surprised if he indeed busts out.
"Terrell is a fast player, good, aggressive and likes to learn," Jenkins said. "He has the tools to be a great corner."
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