Dana Holgorsen held his first press conference of spring practice for the West Virginia Mountaineers, and announced that a pair of key defensive players will not participate this spring. Linebacker David Long and defensive tackle Lamonte McDougle will both miss the next few weeks as they recover from injuries.
David Long missed the first month of the 2017 season with a meniscus injury, but still finished the season with 75 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. Had he been eligible for the conference statistics, Long’s 8.3 tackles per game would have been good for 6th in the Big 12, while his 15.5 tackles for loss would have ranked in the top 5.
McDougle came in as a freshman in 2017 and made his presence felt immediately. He finished the season with 23 tackles with four tackles for loss and two sacks.
Coach Holgorsen was blunt, as usual, when he talked about the injuries saying, “You wish Lamonte could go through spring, but we don’t care if David goes through spring.” Classic Dana. And of course it makes sense, as Long is a veteran who has proved plenty. For a freshman like McDougle, getting ready for his sophomore season, that offseason and spring ball can be huge for development.
But Holgorsen said both will be “100% by summer” camp.
The head coach also noted that last year’s back up Chris Chugunov has graduated and left the program, along with wide receiver Ricky Rogers.