(From NFL.com) Mountaineer coaches wooed Long out of Ohio, where he was a honorable mention all-state pick his senior season (110 tackles, 16 for loss, three sacks). Long showed up strong in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami his redshirt freshman year, making 11 tackles. A preseason knee injury kept Long out of the first four games of the 2017 season, but he won the team's Defensive Player of the Year award and became an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick based on his play in starts at the Will linebacker spot the final nine weeks (76 tackles, team-high 16.5 for loss, four sacks, four pass breakups). Long was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team AP All-American as a redshirt junior, starting all 12 games and leading the Mountaineers with 111 tackles, 19 for loss, and eight sacks. He also broke up four passes and forced one fumble during the year.