West Virginia redshirt junior defensive end Taijh Alston will likely miss half the season as he continues to recover from multiple knee injuries sustained last year.

t remains to be see if Alston will be able to play his way back onto the field in 2020, but where can the Mountaineers go to help replace what they’ve lost?

First up will be none other than redshirt senior defensive end Jeffery Pooler, who had his most productive season with the program last year. Over 12 games, Pooler played 497 snaps and was one of the most improved players on the roster with his level of play.

There are others behind the upperclassman, but two true freshmen are going to have every opportunity to make their names known on the edge for the West Virginia pass rush especially with the new eligibility waiver that will waive the four-game redshirt rule.

Canadian import Akheem Mesidor was one of the crown jewels in the 2020 class. The Mountaineers fought off a long-list of suitors in their pursuit and was able to sign the developing pass rusher who offers a ton of upside.

The other is in-state prospect Sean Martin. A long and lean defensive end, Martin was a coup for the Mountaineers in this past recruiting cycle and has the frame to provide some help immediately.

The defensive line is going to be one of the strengths of the defense with what is set to return, especially considering the Stills brothers, Darius and Dante, return.

But position coach Jordan Lesley likes to use as many bodies as he can for a healthy rotation and this fall could be a proving ground for a pair of fresh faces on the Mountaineers defensive front.

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