Among the new faces, that depth would have to come from three true freshmen. Nana Kyeremeh is a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder from Ohio. Brandon Napoleon is 6-foot, 175-pounder from New Jersey and the son of former WVU running back Eugene Napoleon. And Ricky Rumph is a 5-11, 180-pounder from Florida who signed so late that he isn't even in the team's media guide.
Could they play? They might have to.
"We have three freshmen who are getting significant snaps during practice, but unfortunately we had some setbacks in Brodrick and Avery with a few injuries,'' Roberts said. "The fortunate side is that Nana, Brandon and Ricky have gotten more snaps.''
Given West Virginia's precarious depth at the position, more snaps in practice might mean a lot. Miller and Jenkins are not going to be able to play every down throughout a Big 12 season. A handful of the others show potential, but in many ways they're the same as the freshmen, at least from the standpoint of experience.
But if nothing else, Roberts is encouraged by their progress.
"I'm seeing a steady improvement. I think our guys are coming along,'' Roberts said. "I think those guys are becoming more comfortable with the system. We're starting to see more of the younger guys make plays on the ball, interceptions and pass breakups.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.