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Linebacker Qualls was ‘standing out’ before ACL injury

West Virginia linebacker Quondarius Qualls suffered an ACL injury that figures to sideline him until at least fall practice.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — An ACL injury sustained by outside linebacker Quondarius Qualls has been the lone blight on a mostly encouraging spring practice for West Virginia.

“He’s going to be out for spring and summer and we look to get him back in fall,” coach Dana Holgorsen said during an appearance on “Statewide Sportsline” Monday night. “He was a guy who was really standing out, and then ‘Boom!’ there goes another one with a knee.”

A 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior, Qualls had been splitting time at Sam linebacker with junior college signee Charlie Benton during spring. Qualls made 10 tackles and a half-sack as a junior at West Virginia and was primed to make a bigger splash next season.

Otherwise, Holgorsen said “I’m very happy” with the first 10 practices this spring. The Mountaineers, hoping to rebound from a 7-6 finish last December, feature seven returning starters on offense and six on defense.

“I feel really good about this team,” Holgorsen said. “We’ve got a lot of seniors, a lot of guys who are really mature.”

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