MORGANTOWN - Daron Roberts might have the most daunting task of all West Virginia's assistant coaches as the Mountaineers prepare for their first season in the Big 12.
In a pass-crazy league, Roberts coaches WVU's cornerbacks. And not only is this his first year as a cornerbacks coach, it's the first year for pretty much half his players, too.
"Knowing that we're going to a pass-happy league and knowing that we're going to have to run down the field quite a bit, some of the young guys will play,'' Roberts said Wednesday. "In this league you have to be deep at corner.''
Deep isn't what the Mountaineers are right now, at least as far as players with experience is concerned.
There's Pat Miller, who has played in 35 games and started 11 in three years, but missed most of the spring with a broken bone in his foot.
There's Brodrick Jenkins, who has played in 26 games and started just four.
And then there's, well, not much.
Lawrence Smith has played in 16 games, but mostly on special teams. Avery Williams played in five games last year as a freshman, but again, mostly as a special-teamer. Terrell Chestnut redshirted last year and Cecil Level was another special-teams guy.
Enter the newcomers, who might have to play whether they're ready or not.
"I'm telling them that the only two corners on the team with snaps in a game are Pat Miller and Brodrick Jenkins,'' Roberts said. "We've had practices here in camp and the spring where we've played without one of them, so it makes sense for us to try and create as much depth at that position as possible.''