West Virginia will be down an offensive lineman when it opens the season against Missouri. Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen announced that fifth-year senior Adam Pankey has been suspended for the opener.
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Pankey, the team’s starting left guard, was arrested last week and charged with DUI.
“We hold these guys to high expectations,” Holgorsen said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “When you don’t meet those, there are going to be consequences. He’s currently suspended from the team. That’s disappointing. He will continue his suspension through Missouri, and we’ll address it at that time.”
Pankey started 13 games at left tackle in 2014 and last season started 12 games at left guard. The Mountaineers have good depth on the offensive line; fifth-year senior Tony Matteo, who started the only game that Pankey missed last season, is slated to get the start against Missouri.
Matteo can play both guard positions, as can junior Grant Lingafelter. Matteo is also listed as the backup for senior center Tyler Orlosky.
With Pankey suspended, West Virginia’s starting offensive line for the opener will likely be Yodny Cajuste at left tackle, Matteo, Orlosky, junior Kyle Bosch at right guard and junior Marcell Lazard at right tackle.
Pankey, 22, was charged with driving under the influence after his car flipped in a late-night crash Aug. 13.