West Virginia's ever growing injury list added two more names today, as Dana Holgorsen confirmed that starting linebacker Jared Barber and starting SPUR K.J. Dillon are out for the remainder of the season.
Dillon is out for the remainder of the season.
"We lost Jared Barber for the year," said Holgorsen. "It’s disappointing. I think he had 14 tackles in the game Saturday. He was playing at an extremely high level. His effort was great; his attitude was tremendous. He’s been one of the team leaders on defense and he’s out with an ACL (tear). He’ll have surgery here in the next week and we’ll lose him for about six months."
While things did not look good for Barber when he left the field on Saturday night - and he later tweeted that he would need surgery - the news of Dillon's situation came out of left field.
"KJ Dillon just got released from the hospital," said Holgorsen. "He’s had severe dehydration which his body had an adverse reaction to, which has caused problems. He was in the ICU for a few days and is just getting out of the hospital now, so he’s on the shelf for the remainder of the year."
One-time starter Isaiah Bruce is an obvious replacement for Dillon, but fellow linebacker Doug Rigg also on the list of "out for the season" players, the rest of the two-deep at the second level is not so clear.
"(Nick) Kwiatkoski has played pretty well. He’s played at an extremely high level, so I’m thankful for him. Tyler Anderson is going to get snaps inside. We’ve moved him all around," said Holgorsen. "Jewone Snow had his best game on special teams. He made four or five plays on special teams on Saturday, so he’ll get reps. Sean Walter is another guy that needs to step up. That will give you four young backers to play with."
On Monday, Holgorsen confirmed that starting quarterback Clint Trickett left the game Saturday night with a concussion, and said the staff would evaluate him throughout the week.
Today, he gave an update - and it looks positive for Trickett.
"His shoulder is fine. His head was in a much better spot Sunday and Monday," said Holgorsen. "We will anticipate him practicing today to see how he reacts to it. Obviously it’s going to be non-contact with the quarterback, but we got to wait to see how he progresses with the tests that they do on him after today’s practice and after tomorrow’s practice."
As for other injuries, Holgorsen did not divulge any specifics, but said he had "twenty other people on this list that are day-to-day."
The center position has been a major talking point among fans, especially with the back-and-forth between Tyler Orlosky and Pat Eger. Eger, a senior, has started the last few games, but has struggled with his snaps and been replaced by Orlosky at times.
Going forward, Holgorsen says he has not made a decision on who will start and that the rotation could continue.
"We got quality snaps out of both guys. I was really happy with what I saw from Tyler when he went in there. With that said, Pat’s what makes us tick. He’s what makes us tick up front," said Holgorsen. "We’ll get out there; we’ll practice for a few days and see how it looks and we’ll go into the game and we’ll need both of them to play."