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West Virginia Football 2016 Player Previews: Yodny Cajuste

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WVU is firmly entrenched as a passing team. The most important lineman in a passing offense is the left tackle.

Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

2015 Season Review

A redshirt freshman out of Miramar, Florida, Yodny started the first six games of West Virginia's season before an injury sidelined him for the remaining regular season games. Standing at 6'-5" and weighing 300 pounds, Yodny has the traits to be a top tier left tackle in both college and the NFL.

Yodny earned the starting nod in 2015 despite being only 19 and having seriously played football for only a few years. Cajuste played basketball growing up before deciding to give football a try his junior year of high school. By the time he graduated high school, he was ranked the No. 40 nationally among tackles. The Miami Herald included him in their Top 100 prospects of 2013 in Florida.

Cajuste took over the starting left tackle role last year. He earned high praise from Dana Holgorsen during fall camp when Coach Holgs said Cajuste was more advanced than Tyler Orlosky or Adam Pankey were during their younger years at WVU. Cajuste performed well. His first game against Georgia Southern drew rave reviews from line coach Ron Crook. Cajuste was exposed a bit during his next game against Liberty. He drew the assignment of defending Chima Uzowihe, a 6-2, 250-pound pass-rusher who set school and Big South records with 25 career sacks. The second game did not go so well, and Uzowihe had six tackles and a sack.

Yodny was injured during the Baylor game and would miss the rest of the regular season. He was cleared to play in the Cactus Bowl, where he switched numbers so he could be used as a tight end.

2016 Outlook

It might sound weird but Cajuste is West Virginia's most talented lineman. He has the ability to lock down the position for the new few years and protect Skyler Howard this year and Will Grier/Chris Chugunov or whoever else plays the position next year.

When Yodny went down with an injury, Marquis Lucas moved over to left tackle and Marcell Lazard saw time at right tackle. Lucas is gone but Lazard returns as the right tackle. Cajuste now has game experience and game film to study and improve. You can look forward to a big 2016.