Starters Daryl Worley, Jovon Durante to miss Cactus Bowl

Starters Daryl Worley and Jovon Durante are among four West Virginia players who will miss the Mountaineers' bowl game because of academic issues.

Coach Dana Holgorsen said Worley, an All-Big 12 first-team selection at cornerback, was late turning in classwork and missed the NCAA bowl certification deadline. Durante, a wide receiver, was declared academically ineligible for the Motel 6 Cactus Bowl on Saturday against Arizona State, as were defensive lineman Eric Kinsey and safety Kevin Williams.

"It's next guy up," Holgorsen said. "We feel as a team that we have enough guys to be able to go to bat against a good, competitive Arizona State team.

"It probably means some extra snaps for some guys based on playing special teams and some offense and some defense, but we're not going to blink an eye. We're going to practice and we're going to line up and expect to go win."

For Kinsey, a senior, the bowl ban ends his career. Worley is a junior, and Durante and Williams are both true freshmen, and Holgorsen expressed optimism for their future with the team.

Worley and Durante appeared in all 12 regular-season games for the Mountaineers. Worley had six interceptions and 12 pass breakups, and Durante had 24 catches and five touchdowns.

Kinsey had 18 tackles, three tackles for loss and a half-sack. Williams sat out this season.