West Virginia linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo missed Saturday’s game against TCU with an injury and his status for the team’s next game against Oklahoma is in question, according to WVU coach Neal Brown.
While the Mountaineers are off this week, Brown said he has not yet had time to evaluate Chandler-Semedo this week and does not know what his status is.
“We haven’t had any meetings or anything so players have had off until this afternoon,” Brown said Tuesday. “It’s too early to tell what his availability will be for the Oklahoma game.”
Junior Exree Loe played in Chandler-Semedo’s place against the Horned Frogs and finished second on the team with 12 total tackles. Loe has 41 total tackles playing as a back up this season. He played in all 12 games last season, with 40 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss.
“Ever since I met Ex, he’s always been ready to go,” fellow linebacker Tony Fields said after the TCU game. “He’s smart, he’s athletic and he wants to get after the ball. So it’s not really a big drop off from losing Josh and having Ex coming because Ex was ready, Ex has always been ready. Hopefully next year for this team he can play even more snaps.”
Loe played a significant role in the Mountaineers’ game against Texas Tech earlier this season after Fields was ejected for targeting early in the game. At the time, Loe said he tries to focus on keeping himself ready for anytime his number is called.
“It’s just something you have to be ready for,” Loe said. “Anything can happen in this game and I was ready for my opportunity whenever it came and I took advantage of it the best I could.”
Fields plays mike linebacker, with Loe filling in for Chandler-Semedo at will linebacker. Brown said the team’s depth is limited behind Loe and Fields.
“Tony and Exree played every snap in the game at the mike and the will positions,” Brown said. “Dylan Tonkery can play the mike, he practices there, he would be the second mike. Noah Guzman is a guy that can come in and play at the will position if needed to. Jake Abbot can give some snaps at that position as well.”
Tonkery, a senior, has played this season at the bandit linebacker position, collecting eight total tackles and two sacks. Abbot, a junior, has four tackles playing sparingly this season. Guzman, a junior, has played in 16 games during his career with 33 total tackles.
West Virginia will host Oklahoma for its 2020 home finale on Nov. 28. The kickoff time and broadcast information for the game will be announced after this week’s slate of Big 12 games.