Mountaineer defense loses key player


By Nathan Ham - [email protected]



BOONE — Sophomore cornerback Brandon Pinckney will miss the entire 2015 season after suffering a knee injury in practice.

The injury occurred in a non-contact drill during practice this past Saturday.

“Brandon had a great offseason and worked hard to put himself in position to be a starter this season, so this is a big blow for our team,” Satterfield said. “However, injuries are a part of football. We have some depth at cornerback, so I’m confident that someone will step up to fill that role. Most importantly, our thoughts are with Brandon as he prepares for surgery and begins his rehabilitation to get back on the field in 2016.”

Pinckney, a former high school standout at Paul M. Dorman High School just outside of Spartanburg, South Carolina, came into this season as one of the favorites to take over the only starting position from last year’s team that had a graduating player. Senior Joel Ross was an honorable mention all-Sun Belt player last year and is currently on the Dallas Cowboys roster.

According to the university, Pinckney is slated to have surgery this week and will begin the rehab process to return to the field next year.

The Mountaineers will open the 2015 season in two weeks.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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By Nathan Ham

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