Coach Dana Holgorsen will have an interesting decision to make should West Virginia face fourth down within field goal range at the beginning of the season.
The Mountaineers will be without one of their most reliable weapons; kicker Josh Lambert.
It was announced on Saturday that the Big 12 has ruled Lambert ineligible for the first three games of the season, and they are lucky that is all it is. According to the Charleston Gazette’s Mike Casazza, it could have been much longer.
Source: Lambert violated conference eligibility rules. Initial suspension was to be significantly longer. WVU appealed, and ban was reduced.
— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) April 15, 2016
This comes on the heels of Holgorsen suspending Lambert from participating in spring practice for “violating team rules”. It is unclear exactly what specific eligibility rule was violated or if it relates to the spring suspension.
In 2014, Lambert was a finalist for the award given to the Nation’s top kicker, the Lou Groza Award. Last season he made 21 field goals on 28 attempts and was 53 of 54 on extra point attempts. Not too shabby.
The Mountaineers first three games won’t be easy either. They open up the season against former Big 12 North member Missouri on September 3rd, before facing Youngstown St on September 10th and BYU two weeks later.