MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen announced on Tuesday afternoon that freshman linebacker Brendan Ferns tore his left ACL Monday during practice and will miss the remainder of the season.
The freshman linebacker was not listed on the team’s depth chart released last week but was turning heads during fall camp. He is the brother of Mountaineers’ backup fullback Michael Ferns.
The St. Clairsville, Ohio native was a four-star prospect in WVU’s recruiting class this year. He was the 2015 Ohio Division IV defensive player of the year and participated in the 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The 6-foot-2, 228-pound Ferns had 18 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two interceptions for as a senior for the St. Clairsville Red Devils defense.
He will have four years of eligibility remaining once he returns from this injury. It is the second season-ending knee injury the Mountaineers have suffered in the past week. On Friday, WVU announced the junior safety Dravon Henry-Askew suffered a left ACL injury last Wednesday.