West Virginia fans received good news today as head coach Dana Holgorsen and his staff landed graduate transfer Kenny Bigelow from USC, who could fill a gap for them in the interior of their defense.
— Kenny Bigelow (@_mcmxcv__) March 31, 2018
Earlier this week, the depth for the Mountaineers took a hit when Lamonte McDougle, a Freshman All-American, announced he’d be transferring out of their program. McDougle had started at nose tackle for West Virginia in their bowl game last season, so his departure was a blow to a team looking to improve its defensive numbers in 2018.
Bigelow was a five star recruit coming out of high school in 2013, but after his redshirt season he struggled to stay on the field to due to knee injuries. Last season, he played for the Trojans in a rotational capacity and only logged 58 snaps.
After those struggles, USC head coach Clay Helton at one point even announced that Bigelow would be retiring from football. After the former blue chip recruit was granted a sixth year of eligibility in November, however, he chose to pursue a playing career away from Southern Cal.
Even though it didn’t work out for the senior at USC, if Mountaineer defensive coordinator Tony Gibson can maximize Bigelow’s talents, it’ll boost West Virginia’s championship hopes. A stout, veteran presence like the 6’3”, 300 pound defensive tackle might be just what Gibson needs in the middle of his 3-3-5 defense. West Virginia is looking to shore up a rush defense that was last in the Big 12, giving up 204.2 yards per game last season.