West Virginia redshirt sophomore left tackle Yodny Cajuste suffered a season-ending injury (ACL) to his right knee during the 26-11 win over Missouri.
The injury occurred late in the 1st quarter when Missouri defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. rolled into Cajuste’s knee in the aftermath of a short run by Justin Crawford.
Cajuste became the fourth Mountaineer lost for the season along with starting free safety Dravon Askew-Henry (ACL), nose tackle Jaleel Fields (ACL), cornerback Jake Long (shoulder) and highly-touted freshman linebacker Brendan Ferns (ACL).
Redshirt freshman Colton McKivitz (6-7, 304) replaced Cajuste in the lineup, and will likely have a much bigger role in the offense moving forward. McKivitz played opposite Missouri’s Charles Harris neutralizing the Tiger’s ALL-SEC defensive end.
Since the injury occurred in the first game of the season, Cajuste could apply for a medical hardship waiver. However, because Cajuste has already used his redshirt year, he would need to be granted a sixth year of eligibility, which is easier said than done. It might not matter though, if Cajuste takes his talents to the NFL before then.