One of the biggest question marks for the Mountaineers is who will replace AP All-American center Tyler Orlosky. Unfortunately though, it looks like West Virginia has lost a little depth at the position. At least for the time being. It is being reported that redshirt freshman Jacob Buccigrossi tore his ACL in practice on Monday.
#WVU redshirt freshman OL Jacob Buccigrossi was second team center but tore his ACL yesterday in practice.
— Keenan Cummings (@rivalskeenan) March 28, 2017
We had heard Buccigrossi was seeing time at right guard and center this spring, but was expected to be a backup at either position. Returning redshirt senior Grant Lingafelter will anchor the right side of the line with his experience at guard, and redshirt sophomore Matt Jones is expected to start at center. Jones saw the field some at center last season. In coming JUCO transfer Kelby Wickline, son of offensive coach Joe Wickline, is also expected to provide valuable minutes at guard or center.
Buccigrossi came to WVU as a 3-star recruit out of Pittsburgh, PA, in the 2016, and for him, this has to be a bit of deja vu. He suffered a season-ending injury his senior year in high school after the first game of the season. Hopefully he can come back stronger than ever from this injury.