WVU football: How Adam Shuler’s transfer affects defensive line

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Colby Pearson
LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Colby Pearson /

The WVU football team will be without one of its biggest defensive lineman next season.

Adam Shuler will be finding a new team as he has expressed his interest to transfer from West Virginia following the spring semester. It’s tough to see any kid leave a program so many people are passionate abut, but Shuler finding his place where he is passionate about is the only thing that matters in this situation.

Plus, Shuler is transferring from the WVU football team for a formidable reason. According to BlueGoldNews, Shuler wants to go to a school where he can play football and become a member of the track and field team. Men’s track is not offered at West Virginia.

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Shuler was a state discus champion in high school in Florida. He was named the Orlando Sentinel’s Track and Field Athlete of the year for his proficiency in the event. Obviously it can be argued that if Shuler loved track and field so much he should have went to a school that offered it.

Shuler can step into any Division I track program and make a difference but finding the best fit is his top priority. What is nice to know is that Shuler thought so highly of Dana Holgorsen, Tony Gibson and the WVU football program that he was willing to take a chance and see if he could live without the discus. He tried and did well for the Mountaineers. Now, he must do well for himself.

Without Shuler, the top defensive linemen for the WVU football team are Reese Donahue, Lamonte McDougle, Darius Stills, Stone Wolfley and Ezekial Rose. There are also some other young guys in the mix. The Mountaineers should be fine in that department.

The defense is losing some other talented guys so any loss will be tough. Shuler had two full seasons with the WVU football team and made a great impact as a freshman. In his 25 career games, Shuler had a total of 71 tackles and 10 tackles for a loss.

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There’s a lot of work needed to help the WVU defense this season and Gibson’s job got a little bit harder without Shuler anchoring the defensive line.