Whether they were high-pointing the football or taking it to the house on special teams, West Virginia’s crop of cornerbacks would make any team think twice about sending the ball in their direction.
Today’s poll features seven of the Mountaineers’ greatest across decades, however only the top two vote-getters will earn a spot on the All-Mountaineer Team, which will be revealed July 6.
Make your voice heard in the poll below, and if you need some help, refresh your memory below.
Tom Pridemore (1975-1977): Pridemore will forever be in the NCAA and WVU history books for one memorable play against Penn State, but that’s just a small snapshot in his Mountaineer career. In his three seasons, Pridemore snatched 15 picks, which tied the school record at the time. That record-breaking play, however, saw the Anstead, West Virginia native intercept the ball in the end zone and take it 100 yards for a score — forging an officially unbreakable NCAA record (although, it has been tied in the years since).
Fulton Walker (1977-1980): Walker was one tough cornerback for the Mountaineers, but he was also one of the most dangerous weapons they’ve ever had on special teams. The Martinsburg native was such a threat with the ball that Frank Cignetti utilized him on offense as a sophomore — chipping in 392 rush yards and 2 touchdowns. For his career, he nabbed 5 interceptions before embarking on an NFL career with the Dolphins and Raiders.
Steve Newberry (1980-1983): A 2011 inductee to the WVU Sports Hall of Fame, Newberry is still the Mountaineers’ all-time career interceptions leader with 20. He got a head start in his first season, setting the high mark for WVU freshmen with 6 picks in 1980. He was awarded the Ideal Mountaineer Award after his senior season, and took a shot at an NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys
Aaron Beasley (1992-1995): A 1995 consensus All-American and current candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame, Beasley is a narrow number two in WVU’s interception record books after racking up 19 picks in his four seasons with the Mountaineers. He was a key piece to WVU’s 1993 undefeated regular season, and was a national standout in 1994 with 10 interceptions — the highest mark in the country. He was inducted to the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
Mike Logan (1993-1996): Another outstanding Mountaineer corner on special teams, Logan had a knack for making plays on — and with — the football. As a defender, Logan peaked in his senior season with 5 picks and 11 PBUs (the last landing him top-10 all-time for a season) as he earned All-Big East honors at cornerback. In 1993, he received the Scott Shirley Award for WVU’s top special teams player after he amassed 338 kickoff return yards. He was inducted to the WVU Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.
Adam “Pac-Man” Jones (2002-2004): Another special teams menace for the Mountaineers, Pac-Man played three seasons at West Virginia and set himself apart as an upperclassmen. As a returner, he scored a touchdown on both a kick and a punt return as one of the best return men in the nation. Defensively, he nabbed 8 interceptions for his career before starting his career in the pros after finishing as a junior.
Rasul Douglas (2015-2016): Douglas, a junior college product, played his junior and senior seasons at West Virginia. His senior season, however, was truly one for the books: he finished the year with 70 tackles while leading the nation with 8 interceptions. That was good enough to earn himself a third-round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he played 14 games on their Super Bowl-winning squad in 2017-2018.
If you missed yesterday’s poll, it’s still live. Here’s a full list of our daily polls, including the ones yet to come:
- Running back (click to vote)
- Wide receiver (click to vote)
- Defensive line (click to vote)
- June 27: Tight end/Fullback (click to vote)
- June 28: Offensive Line (click to vote)
- June 29: Quarterback (click to vote)
- July 1: Safety (top 2 vote-getters)
- July 2: Offensive Flex (based on high vote-getters)
- July 3: Defensive Flex (based on high vote-getters)
- July 4: Kicker/punter
- July 5: Head Coach
- July 6: Full reveal of the All-Mountaineer Team