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One Lineman Transferring and One Returning

Head coach Neal Brown got some good news and bad news today.

TCU v West Virginia
Colton McKivitz vs TCU
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Newly minted West Virginia Mountaineers head coach neal Brown got some good news earlier today when junior right tackle Colton McKivitz will return for his senior season.

McKivitz, a redshirt junior, is a three-year starter at right tackle, who has started 35 of 38 games. McKivitz has teamed with senior Yodny Cajuste to form one of the best tackle tandems in the Big 12. Colton is a two-time All-Big 12 Honorable mention and a three-time Academic All Big-12 Second Team selection.

Unfortunately for the new head coach, he does lose his two year starting center Matt Jones.

Jones, as Brett McMurphy’s tweet indicates, is a two year starter at center, who has started 25 of 26 games. Jones’ departure leaves a hole along the line that will be tough to replace. During the fall camp, Jacob Buccigrossi was in line with Jones and would be the first player to replace Jones’ production.