MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The first bits of bad news trickled out of West Virginia football practice Thursday as tales of crisp workouts, inspiring effort and unprecedented depth were unseated by injury reports.
Sophomore cornerback Nana Kyeremeh, who played in all 13 games last season and made his greatest contributions on special teams, will miss the season with a shoulder injury. Coach Dana Holgorsen said Kyeremeh, from Worthington, Ohio, will undergo surgery soon.
Surgery had been an option before, but Kyeremeh was trying to put if off as long as he could.
"It was loose. He went through all of the spring with it loose. It was loose when he got here and he played last year," Holgorsen said. "He played through it in practice for two or three days, I don't know, but it popped out. We were anticipating surgery anyway and he has a redshirt year, so it's going to end up good for him. He'll get it fixed right now and be back in the spring."
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HOLGORSEN SAID running back Dreamius Smith, who is in his first camp with the Mountaineers after transferring from Butler (Kan.) Community College, missed the past few days with a thigh bruise.
"He should be fine," Holgorsen said. "Obviously, he's day-to-day, but we thought Shawne Alston was day-to-day and he ended up missing about two months."
Alston had a similar sounding injury as a senior last season that kept him out of four games in the middle of the season, but Smith practiced without limitations Thursday.
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SOPHOMORE RECEIVER Dante Campbell, who missed spring football after surgery to correct a shoulder problem, had the same shoulder pop out of the socket Wednesday, Holgorsen said. He wasn't sure if Campbell needed time or another operation to fix the latest problem.
"Other than that, we're healthy," Holgorsen said.
Holgorsen didn't mention sophomore Jordan Thompson, who later in the day was out of Thursday's practice with his left arm in a sling.
Thursday was WVU's third day in full pads and the first day with any tackling. Wednesday was the first day with two practices.
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