Cowan Suspended For WVU’s First Four Games
West Virginia sophomore linebacker VanDarius Cowan is facing a four-game suspension for “NCAA eligibility issues,” a WVU official said.
Cowan’s suspension, which was first reported by 247Sports, will force him to sit out WVU’s games against James Madison, Missouri, North Carolina State and Kansas. After the Mountaineers trip to KU on Sept. 21, they have an open date and then host Texas on Oct. 5, which would be the first game after Cowan’s suspension.
A native of Palm Beach, Florida, Cowan spent his freshman year at Alabama, playing in seven games in 2017. But the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder was dismissed from the Tide in the summer of 2018 after an alleged fight, and transferred to WVU that August. He sat out game action last fall for West Virginia because of the transfer, though he was able to practice.
With the coaching staff change from Dana Holgorsen to Neal Brown, Cowan also switched positions last spring, moving from middle linebacker to the bandit linebacker position, which is a hybrid defensive end and linebacker.
Cowan has continued at bandit throughout fall camp, joined at that position by Quondarious Qualls, Zach Sandwisch, Adam Hensley and Jared Bartlett.
With Cowan now out for the first four games, Qualls would seemingly be in line for the starting job, though both Sandwisch and Hensley will likely rotate in as well. As a true freshman, the hope remains to redshirt Bartlett, though he could play up to four games and not lose a year’s eligibility.