The last thing the West Virginia Mountaineers need is losing bodies on defense. Unfortunately, that’s the news that came down on Wednesday morning, when defensive end Adam Shuler announced he will be transferring.
Shuler was a productive player last season, playing in 12 games, starting ten of them, and just missing the Iowa State game, while racking up 37 tackles. His 8 tackles for loss finished third on the team, and also had three sacks, which was tied for second on the team. The rising redshirt junior was projected to be a starter on the defensive line last season.
Shuler made the announcement on Twitter.
— Adam Shuler (@Adam_goeshard) February 21, 2018
Shuler was a 3-star recruit in the Class of 2015 and chose West Virginia over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Memphis and UMass.
This is a big blow for a Mountaineers defense that allowed over 31 points per game, ranking 7th in the Big 12. The rushing defense was especially bad, giving up 204 yards per game, which was dead last in the conference. As for total defense, the Mountaineers ranked 8th in the Big 12, giving up 445 yards per game.
With Shuler out of the picture, it will likely further open the door for the prized prospect of the Class of 2018, 4-star DE Dante Stills, brother of Darius, to get on the field ASAP.