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 Collegian.com for updates throughout the evening, and see Thursday’s newspaper for complete coverage.