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Former WVU Linebacker Transferring to Maryland

Former West Virginia linebacker Vandarius Cowan announced Saturday that he will be transferring to Maryland. The Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, native is currently a redshirt junior and will have one year of eligibility remaining.

The news comes after Cowan announced he was entering the transfer portal on November 30 and departing West Virginia for an unknown school. The last game that the linebacker saw snaps in was against Kansas State on Nov. 13.

Cowan originally began his college football career at Alabama before he transferred over to West Virginia in the summer of 2018. Since the linebacker has been playing in Morgantown he has played in a total of 17 games through three years due to injuries.

At Alabama, Cowan played in seven games his true freshman season and was a threat on the edge of the defensive line. The linebacker was then dismissed from the team for violating team rules his freshman season before being forced to transfer.

Cowan then sat out his 2018 sophomore campaign after coming over to the Mountaineers following his freshman year at Alabama. Since being in Morgantown in 2018, the 6-foot 4-inch defender has collected a total of 38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks.

While 2019 saw the linebacker appear in a couple games at the bandit position before sustaining a season-ending knee injury against Iowa State he then started a couple games the next fall of 2020 before undergoing another knee injury. Cowan finished with 17 tackles, seven solo stops, two sacks and a forced fumble last season and made a season-high nine tackles against Army in the Liberty Bowl.

Now heading to Maryland will offer Cowan one more year of eligibility left in his college football career where he will be reunited with former coach Mike Locksley who was on the coaching staff when the linebacker was at Alabama.

Photo by Dale Sparks, All Pro Photography

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