Despite only starting the last eight games of the Mountaineers’ season, ESPN has named Lamonte McDougle to its Freshman All-American team.
It’s a very high honor, and well-deserved for McDougle, who was praised by Dana Holgorsen for his physicality early in West Virginia’s season.
McDougle tallied 22 total tackles and four tackles for a loss on the season. He also recorded one fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
Moving forward, McDougle is going to be a massive part of Tony Gibson’s defense. In a Big 12 Conference that’s going to be graduating a lot of its dominant defensive linemen, he might be one of the best 2018 returners. There’s a real chance that McDougle picks up some all-conference love next season, depending on how he progresses. The noseguard is an integral part of the 3-3-5 defense, and McDougle has shown that he has what it takes to be a playmaker at that position.