Saunders’ WVU Career Is Over

Saunders’ WVU Career Is Over


The Mountaineers have permanently lost a quarterback due to an  injury.

West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen announced Monday that redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Saunders will medically redshirt in 2017 and finish his degree.

“Cody has a medical issue that is keeping him from playing quarterback,” Holgorsen said. “He is going to medically redshirt and will finish his degree. We would like to thank him for his contributions to Mountaineer Football.”

Saunders enrolled at West Virginia in January 2016 and was on the team for the 2016 season but did not play. He is currently pursuing a degree in management. His ability to practice through spring drills was severely limited by a shoulder injury, and ultimately that will end his playing career with the Mountaineers

With Saunders’ departure, WVU will have three scholarship quarterbacks available heading into the 2017 season. Florida transfer Will Grier has ascended to the starting position, taking over for graduated Skyler Howard. Chris Chugunov returns for his redshirt sophomore season. And with the knowledge that Saunders’ shoulder may not allow him to play further, West Virginia coaches went out this spring and found junior college quarterback David Isreal to give the Mountaineers depth at the position.