MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — We’re less than 40 days before the start of West Virginia’s preseason football camp as MetroNews reveals our picks for Top 10 Most Pivotal Players for 2014. We continue with a defender who ranked No. 2 nationally with five forced fumbles:
No. 8 BRANDON GOLSON
Position: Buck linebacker
Measurables: 6-2, 230
The transfer from Georgia Military College showed why SEC recruiters pursued him out of St. Matthews, S.C., creating turnovers and finishing second on the team with four sacks. Because most of those impact plays came during the first five games, Golson’s charge this fall will be to finish the season with the same verve he starts it.
Sufficient in pass coverage and able to hold up against the run, he’s an every-down defender and West Virginia’s most athletic linebacker. He’s also physically mature, given that he’s five years removed from high school, having spent a year at Fork Union Prep.