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Former Alabama Player, Now With West Virginia, Suspended For 4 Games

An Alabama Crimson Tide Helmet

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: A detailed view of the helmet of VanDarius Cowan #43 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the warm ups prior to the game against the Georgia Bulldogs in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

After sitting out all of last season, linebacker VanDarius Cowan will have to wait a little longer before making his debut for West Virginia. The former four-star recruit has been suspended for the first four games of the fall.

Cowan began his collegiate career with Alabama. His time under Nick Saban quickly came to an end as he was dismissed back in July of 2018.

The talented linebacker transferred to West Virginia during that same offseason. Due to NCAA rules, the Florida native had to watch last season from the sidelines.

While Cowan should be able to play at some point this season, the Mountaineers will be without him for the first four games.

According to Mike Casazza of 247Sports, Cowan is suspended because of NCAA eligibility issues.

He'll miss games against James Madison, Missouri, NC State and Kansas. This means he'll miss West Virginia's entire non-conference schedule.

The likely return date for Cowan will be the first week of October, when West Virginia hosts No. 10 Texas.

Cowan is projected to be a starting linebacker for the Mountaineers this season. The next man up on the depth chart to fill in for him during his absence is Zach Sandwisch.

The timing of this suspension isn't ideal for West Virginia as the program is only 10 days away from its season opener.