The Miami Hurricanes got some bad injury news tonight when it was announced that OLB Darrion Owens will miss the remainder of the 2015 season with a knee injury.
"Darrion Owens will be lost for the season. He will require surgery" Al Golden explained this evening on a conference call.
Golden would not confirm that the injury was a torn ACL, but did day that Owens would have surgery within the next 10 days.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wishing <a href="https://twitter.com/CanesFootball">@CanesFootball</a> linebacker Darrion Owens a speedy recovery! <a href="http://t.co/37XmLyngEy">pic.twitter.com/37XmLyngEy</a></p>— Miami Hurricanes (@MiamiHurricanes) <a href="https://twitter.com/MiamiHurricanes/status/643205384480649216">September 13, 2015</a></blockquote>
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Losing Owens, a 6-3 247lb sophomore from Jacksonville, FL, is a big blow for the Hurricanes defense. Owens was the unquestioned starter at Strong Side OLB, and his physicality will be missed.
This injury now pushes senior Tyriq McCord into the starting lineup. And, while McCord has all the physical tools you want for an OLB at 6-3 241lbs, he has struggled to find his role in the defense, having shuffled between DE and OLB in his time at Miami.
Mike Smith and Trent Harris could also play some WLB, Golden confirmed on the call.
He also said that having Juwon Young back this week would also help.
Owens, who doubled as the backup Middle Linebacker, ends his sophomore year with 4 tackles in 2 games. He will be eligible for a medical redshirt due to only having played in parts of 2 games this season.
Here's to a speedy recovery for Darrion.