MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–One newcomer making his mark with West Virginia this spring is Taijh Alston.
The junior college transfer from Copiah Lincoln Community College has really turned heads and improved with each practice.
The redshirt sophomore enrolled at WVU this spring after redshirting as a freshman at East Carolina before transferring to Copiah-Lincoln (Miss.) Junior College for a year. Last season he recorded 78 tackles, including seven sacks, 15 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.
With spring practice winding down Alston has shown potential to play both inside and outside of the defensive line.
“Alston continues to show that he has one of the best knacks for pass rush that we have,” Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown said.
The 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end has a lot of raw talent and his wingspan is what his coaches love.
“Taijh (Alston) is a guy that has some tremendous skills, and we have to utilize that the best way, which is for him to be successful, not only with what we want to do but what he likes to do. So far, he’s done a great job with it,” defensive line coach Jordan Lesley said.
With Alston’s talent and build, he is suited for both inside and outside.
“He’s built for that position,” Lesley said. “You know how people term different positions. I heard somebody say the other day (he’s) like a 4-3-3 technique. He’s a traditional, five-technique defensive end. He has great length, he has great athleticism. But he’s a strong kid, which is going to allow him to get in there at a three technique or a four and do some things, if we even do that. That’s way, way down the road.”
With plenty of time left before the fall, WVU doesn’t really know where exactly Alston will fit but he will likely benefit the line in whatever manor he is used.
Cover Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS