Holgorsen Reveals Knee Injury to Lineman, Provides Updates on Depth

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Prior to Tuesday's practice, head coach Dana Holgorsen provided updates on West Virginia's roster.

The biggest news to come out of Dana Holgorsen's pre-practice primer was that redshirt freshman linemen Jacob Buccigrossi suffered an ACL tear on a routine play in practice earlier in the week.

"Jacob Buccigrossi unfortunately tore an ACL yesterday" noted Holgorsen. "I feel really bad for him. Coming off the shoulder last year during spring where he missed all of spring football last year he had worked himself into our second team center. He looked really good."

That's an obvious blow to West Virginia's depth as the Mountaineers are looking to replace Tyler Orlosky, Adam Pankey and Marcell Lazard, who all played vital roles on the offensive line a year ago. The good news on that front? It sounds as if Matt Jones has started to separate himself as the front runner in the center competition.

"We’ll rep (redshirt junior offensive lineman) (Ray) Raulerson, we’ll try to figure out who the next one is. We felt like we had a good second and third competition going on right there but now we’re back to square one. (Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman) Matt Jones looks good. He’s probably the surprise of spring."

The Mountaineers are also thin at wide receiver as they are currently practicing without Ka'Raun White, who was lost to a broken foot a year ago, and Marcus Simms, who has suffered a concussion within the last week.

"We’re so thin at receiver it’s sickening," said Holgorsen. "(Sophomore wide receiver) Marcus Simms is out with a concussion. He’ll be out for a little while. We’ve got guys that I don’t know their names out there running routes we’re so thin. We need more numbers at receiver so we have to make up by having Tevin (Bush) and Kennedy (McKoy) and (redshirt junior tight end) (Trevon) Wesco and even (redshirt senior tight/end fullback) Eli (Elijah) Wellman be receivers when the time comes for that."


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