The WVU football team has gotten a little bigger. It’s been learned that Kenny Bigelow will be joining the Mountaineers this season.
Bigelow is a massive 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and he still has those intangibles that can allow him to play at a high level.
Bigelow received grant-in-aid this season for a sixth year of eligibility, according to WVUsports.com. He should be inserted into the starting lineup right away.
The news of him joining comes at just the right time as it seems like there has been an exodus of the WVU defense as of late. Lamonte McDougle and Adam Shuler have already left and a starting linebacker, Quandarius Qualls will be out for a while with an ACL injury.
The Mountaineers should be a stronger team if Bigelow can stay healthy. His career has been decimated with injuries and he really hasn’t lived up to his full billing as a top recruit coming out of Maryland. He went to Eastern Christian Academy, the same place WVU wide receiver David Sills attended.
According to ESPN, Bigelow originally announced he was retiring from football. It appeared that the Mountaineers were a perfect landing spot. Because Bigelow can play right away and because of his connection with Sills, the WVU football team will welcome him with open arms.
It’s about time the WVU football team had some luck bounce its way. Some fans are up in arms about the offseason but with Bigelow coming aboard it should assure everyone that West Virginia is a great place to play college football.
Last season, Bigelow only played in six games, but it’s the most action he saw since 2013 when he played in 13 games. He had to fight through knee injuries and was held out for two seasons.
The news won’t revolutionize the defense for defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, but it certainly helps matters when they were looking bleak earlier in the week.