Aug 292006

Kyle Bell, CSU’s star running back, will not play this season due to an injury, athletic department spokesman Gary Ozzello said Wednesday night.

Bell tore his anterior cruciate ligament during a Tuesday practice.

“Bottom line: It’s a blow to the football team,” said Head Coach Sonny Lubick. “Even more of a blow to Kyle because he is such a special guy.”

Gartrell Johnson III will replace Bell in the starting lineup with former cornerback Michael Myers becoming the second-string back.

Nnamdi Ohaeri, who was a running back last year for the Rams and was set to become a safety this season, has returned to the offensive side to provide extra depth.

The severity of Bell’s injury wasn’t immediately apparent — he told the Collegian he was all right after he banged knees with cornerback Darryl Williams during a Tuesday practice session.

Bell was not at practice Wednesday. Following practice, Ozzello announced the severity of Bell’s injury.

“He’s never missed a day since he’s been on campus,” Lubick said. “He is a coach’s dream. I’ll miss him, and all of the other players will miss him.”

Stay tuned to for updates throughout the evening, and see Thursday’s newspaper for complete coverage.

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