Sources tell Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated that West Virginia linebacker David Long will miss at least the first month of the season due to a meniscus injury. Long’s injury is a blow to defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, who was going to rely on outside linebacker to help bring the defense together as it tries to replace 8 starters.
Long, who by the fourth game of last season earned the starting Will linebacker slot, often played with a Waterboy mentality of “See ball, get ball”.
In 13 games last season, the redshirt freshman tallied 63 tackles including 28 unassisted, along with 4.5 tackles for loss. Long’s best game was the bowl game against Miami where he registered 11 tackles, including 8 solo. Redshirt freshman Bredan Ferns, the prized jewel of the 2016 class, who suffered a season ending knee injury last year, could be asked to replace Long at WLB.