WVU lineman a breakout star to watch in 2022

The scouts at ProFootballFocus have released their 30 Breakout Candidates to Watch in 2022 and, on the list and representing West Virginia, is true sophomore offensive tackle Wyatt Milum.

Milum has the potential to be one of the best offensive linemen in college football. Just one year ago, Milum arrived in the collegiate ranks as a 2021 four-star recruit, but it did not take long for him to see the field. The 6-foot-6, 291-pound tackle took over the starting right tackle spot midway through his true freshman year and closed out the season with a 74.2 pass-blocking grade. From Week 8 on, Milum was actually the seventh-highest-graded tackle in the Big 12. That’s a rare level of production from a true freshman. This year, the Mountaineer will be moving over to the left tackle spot. He has never played left tackle in his football career, but there should not be a major concern with the pivot since he is a natural lefty, as noted by WVU’s staff in a PFF-exclusive interview.

Milum began the year in a rotation with starting right tackle Parker Moorer, eventually starting in Week Five against Texas Tech. However, an injury limited him to only twelve snaps and he was not seen again until Week Eight. He started at Texas Tech, put up an 84.6 pass-blocking grade for his highest mark of the season, and never looked back, starting the remainder of the season.

Coming out of high school, Milum held a four-star, 0.9507 rating in the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s No. 13 offensive tackle and No. 1 player in West Virginia. He earned numerous All-State honors and was selected for the US Army All-American Game.

Milum held offers from Alabama, Penn State, Michigan, and numerous others before committing to the home-state Mountaineers.

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