Cowan Suspended For WVU’s First Four Games

Cowan Suspended For WVU’s First Four Games


VanDarius Cowan
VanDarius Cowan

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.

 

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    Cowan Suspended For WVU’s First Four Games West Virginia sophomore linebacker VanDarius Cowan is facing a four-game suspension for “NCAA eligibility i
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    #95930

    Can he practice?

    If not it’s more than a 4 game impact!

    #95943

    Was it something that happened since he has been at WV?

    #95965

    No details on this yet, but the fact that it’s 30% of the season falls in line with some NCAA mandates.

    That said, the important thing, other than hoping he gets back on track, is the effect on WVU’s defense.

    Zach Sandwisch, and later Quondarius Qualls, were getting a number of first team reps in camp, as we had noted, so they shouldn’t be coming in completely cold. This is such an important position in the way that Vic Koenning’s defense is structured, though, that it is something to be concerned about.

    However, one of the positives of this defense is that it has several spots that can be the focal points of the defense. This puts more on Josh Chandler and JoVannit Stewart at the will and spear to be playmakers. Koenning has noted this about Chandler more than once.

    #95996

    Cowan is an incredibly talented player. The Mountaineer offensive linemen claim he can be outstanding when he gives maximum effort. But the numerous missteps in his young college career (and even reaching back to high school) leave you wondering if he’ll ever come close to living up to his potential.

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