After being granted a sixth year of eligibility, we now know where defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow will be lining up on Saturdays this fall. Bigelow is heading to West Virginia, as he officially announced on his Twitter account on Saturday.
As a graduate transfer, Bigelow will be eligible to play this fall for the Mountaineers. Last year at USC, Bigelow played in seven games after missing the 2016 season due to a torn ACL. It was the second time Bigelow suffered a torn ACL at USC, with a previous ACL injury in 2014 costing him playing time. It is because of the two ACL injuries and lost season the NCAA decided to grant Bigelow a rare sixth year of eligibility.
Bigelow played for the same high school as current West Virginia wide receiver David Sills V. Former Mountaineers Wendell Smallwood and Daikiel Shorts also played for the same high school before attending West Virginia.
The depth on USC’s defensive line took a blow on Tuesday. Kenny Bigelow, a redshirt freshman expected to compete for a starting job on the defensive line, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. The injury will sideline Bigelow for the entire 2014 season.
The injury was reported by USC via Twitter Tuesday afternoon. The injury was suffered during voluntary player workouts.
Bigelow enrolled at USC in the spring of 2013 after graduating from high school early. Despite arriving on campus early, Bigelow sat out the 2013 season after being redshirted for the year. With a year to focus on improving and preparing for competition on the defensive line, Bigelow was expected to make a push for playing time on the defensive line this season for the Trojans. Now he will lose a year of eligibility by default, although it could be possible to apply for a medical waiver to regain a lost year of eligibility from the NCAA.
There is no word on whether or not that will be pursued by Bigelow at this time. For now, the focus will be on rehabbing the right knee and getting back in the mix for 2015.
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