September 21, 2010 by staff
Fibula, Missouri football improved to 3-0 on Saturday in a last-minute comeback win over visiting San Diego State. The Tiger defense made a final stand for the offense the ball with less than two minutes to play.
In the act of forcing a three and out, redshirt defensive end Aldon Smith seconds broke the fibula in the last series of defensive play. He will miss the game this week with the Miami of Ohio, but hopes to return to Colorado on October 9.
Coach Gary Pinkel and team medical personnel view it as an injury to 1-2 weeks in the majority.
“Most athletes are given a week or two off and then you can play without any complications at all,” Pinkel said. “Hopefully, he’ll fall into that pattern.”
Pinkel added that the fibula is not weight lifting, which is essential for their early return to the lineup.
Smith was very happy about the situation, joking that the injury was only a cramp “bad” and its cast was just a decoration. ” He talked about how he has dealt with injuries in the past and how he plans to return to practice as soon as possible.
“I tough,” said Smith. “He played through it. Let’s see how fast it recovers and that is bad. I’ll put some ice and go out and play.”
Last year, Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year has become the defensive leader of Missouri in the first three weeks of the season. He runs the defense with three sacks and four tackles for loss and also is third on the team with 15 tackles.
Pinkel stoic showed the same confidence he did after the loss of running back Derrick Washington, who uses his famous “march” over em, move ‘em up “approach to the depth chart.
“Whether it is Aldon, no matter if it’s your quarterback, whether it is the best player,” Pinkel said. “We have no excuses here. We understand that when a guy is not going to play then someone else has a responsibility and an opportunity.”
Sophomore Brad freshman Michael Sam Madison and fill the large hole in the defensive end position. Although they are listed as backup, so long have been beating into four groups of Missouri-end defense.
“They are a great opportunity,” senior cornerback Carl Gettis said. “Everyone coming and have been making plays in our package of four defensive-end. But now comes one of them to step in and fill the starting spot. It is a role for them.”
Sam Madison and recorded a sack each and forced a fumble in limited time this year. They are the leading contenders for four weeks starting job opposite Smith Jacquie junior defensive weak. Sophomore Marcus Malbrough should also see some time at the position.
“That is definitely a situation where we have much depth to” senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar said. “Obviously the team is going to lose Aldon. But with him out, it gives Brad, Sam Michael, Marcus time playing well. Definitely can fill their shoes and they can do very well.”
Unbeaten Tigers Miami of Ohio will at 1 pm Saturday at home.
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