Bonamico a leader among safeties with “something to prove”

WVU Football

West Virginia native and former walk-on could be a starter this season

Dante Bonamico’s role within WVU football has changed quite a bit over the last few years. 

Once a walk-on freshman, the Bridgeport native is now a potential starter at safety as a junior, following substantial turnover at that position. 

West Virginia lost Dravon Askew-Henry and Toyous Avery at the end of last season, and then Kenny Robinson and Derrek Pitts left the program and entered the transfer portal. 

All of a sudden, Bonamico’s days of fighting for playing time are seemingly over, as the junior finds himself in a leadership role and at the top of the depth chart. Surrounded by some inexperienced players at safety, Bonamico said that position group has something to prove. 

“No one knows what we’ve got in the safety room. We’ve got everybody that’s pretty much brand new that’s gonna be playing,” Bonamico said. “We’ve got a lot to prove, but we’re coming in each day and working.” 

Bonamico was listed as one of two possible starters at free safety when the Mountaineers released their preseason depth chart in July. 

WVU will hold its first practice in full pads Tuesday as fall camp continues. 

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