MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–West Virginia linebacker Charlie Benton suffered an injury during the second quarter of the Mountaineers’ 40-14 win over Tennessee on Saturday and will miss the remainder of the season.
During the weekly Big 12 teleconference on Monday, head coach Dana Holgorsen announced that Benton suffered a season-ending knee injury.
“He’s going to be lost for the season,” Holgorsen said. “It’s unfortunate. He’s a three-for-three junior college guy, who had a good spring and was going to get better and better but he’s going to have to have surgery and will be lost for the year.”
The sophomore is a junior college transfer from Butler Community College in Kansas. He finished his redshirt freshman season ranked third on the team with 34 tackles, tied for second with 10 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception.
The loss of Benton is a huge hit to the SAM linebacker position that is already missing Brendan Ferns and Quondarius Qualls. Both are expected to return later this year.
Junior Shea Campbell filled in for Benton against the Volunteers.
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