The Warrior Beat

Tough road ahead; USU QB released from hospital

November 6th, 2011

The Warriors will learn in the next couple of days how many players will be available for what is now regarded as the stretch run.

Preliminary indications are that left tackle Clayton Laurel might have suffered a season-ending broken arm. If so, it would be the final unfortunate stage in a career filled with injuries. Laurel has endured shoulder and ankle injuries the entire season. Jordan Loeffler finished the game as the left tackle.

Right wideout Royce Pollard will undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of injuries to his left knee and left ankle.

Right slotback Justin Clapp said he suffered at least one fractured rib. Clapp had moved from right slotback to right wideout. Left slotback Billy Ray Stutzmann finished the game at right wideout.

Those injuries might force the Warriors into tough decisions. Freshman offensive tackle Blake Muir has been held out of games to preserve the option of redshirting. He has been considered the best available tackle behind Laurel and Loeffler. Another backup option might be Frank Loyd, who already has used a redshirt season.

Chris Gant and Cecil Doe, both of whom were on track to redshirt, warmed up after Pollard was injured. Instead, the Warriors decided to shift Clapp and then Stutzmann.

With the need to win two of the final four regular-season games for a postseason berth, the Warriors might not have the luxury of saving redshirts.

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From Utah State:

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football player Chuckie Keeton is out of the hospital and cleared to return to Logan after suffering an injury Saturday night in USU’s 35-31 comeback win at Hawai‘i.

Keeton, a freshman quarterback from Houston, Texas, was injured late in the second quarter and carted off the field, and taken to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.  USU Head Athletic Trainer Dale Mildenberger stayed with Keeton.

According to USU team physician Dr. Trek Lyons, Keeton suffered an extreme stinger to his spine, but Lyons said that Keeton was moving and walking about Sunday, and was cleared to return to Logan.  Keeton and Mildenberger will be leaving Honolulu Sunday night.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Chuckie,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said.  “He is a tough kid, and we’re extremely glad he is going to be okay.  We can’t wait to get him home and back together with our team so we can wrap our arms around him and let him know how much we love him.”

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