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Mountaineers Suspend Worley And Reinstate Ishmael Banks

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It was a bit of good news/bad news for West Virginia football on Monday. The good news was the end of the NCAA-mandated suspension for cornerback Ishmael Banks to potentially strengthen the Mountaineers' pass defense. The bad news was the announcement of the suspension of cornerback Daryl Worley which will no doubt weaken the Mountaineers' pass defense.

Worley is West Virginia's third leading tackler in 2014 with 17 take downs to his credit. He is also the only member of the Mountaineers' defense who has recorded an interception (he has 2) on the year. On Monday night WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen announced that Worley had been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules.

Banks had been suspended for the first three games of the season for academic issues and is no set to return to the team where he'll be needed to make a significant impact due to the suspension or Worley. A redshirt senior from Richmond, VA, Banks started all 12 games in 2013 at corner, with possibly his most notable play being a 58-yard interception return for a score against Oklahoma State.