“I had heard a lot of good things about head coach Don Nehlen, too,” Wiley said. “I learned a great deal about not only football, but also about life from both men,” he remembered.
Wiley said while he dreamed only of making it to the NFL as a kid, it was at WVU that he discovered his interest in people and celebrations of entertainment. And it made him realize that he was something more than just a football player.
“After Nehlen retired and Rich Rodriguez took over, there was a completely different approach,” he said. “I did not always see eye-to-eye with him. But now, I think he has gained a lot of maturity.”
Wiley, who helped his teams to records of 7-5, 3-8, 9-4 and 8-5, appeared in three bowl games.
In addition to his record 492 total tackles, Wiley also wound up with an all-time high of 47.5 tackles for lost yardage. He played in 47 games, starting 44.
His other impressive stats include: 298 solo tackles, 194 assisted tackles, TFL yardage 152, QB sacks 9, for 29 yards, interceptions 8 and returned 74 yards, and two touchdowns, forced 9 fumbles, and recovered two.
He played just one year in the NFL before forced to retire with a knee injury.