West Virginia defensive tackle Lamonte McDougle is leaving the program, according to MetroNews’ Allan Taylor.
McDougle reportedly wants to transfer to another program that runs a defensive scheme that will allow him to record more sacks. As the nose guard in West Virginia’s three-man front, his role was more about consuming blockers to free up other players to make tackles.
The West Virginia coaching staff was reportedly surprised when McDougle told them his decision after returning from spring break. He would have to sit out the 2018 season at any FBS school because of NCAA transfer rules.
The rising sophomore was being held out of spring practices as he recovered from an offseason surgery. His permanent departure will leave the Mountaineers very thin along the defensive line. Defensive coordinator Tony Gibson said in February that he only had five scholarship players along the defensive line available for spring practices.
McDougle is the latest in a flurry of West Virginia players to leave the program this offseason, including reserve quarterback Chris Chugunov, defensive lineman Adam Shuler, defensive lineman Jaleel Fields and wide receiver Ricky Rogers