Late in Friday’s loss to Pitt, Hurricanes’ TE Christopher Herndon IV limped off the field towards the end of the game with an apparent leg injury.
Today it was confirmed that Herndon suffered an MCL injury that will require season-ending surgery.
Absolutely brutal news for Chris Herndon, whose Miami career has ended after getting hurt Friday against Pitt. Here's the info from UM... pic.twitter.com/13e4EDX9Vt— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) November 26, 2017
In his final year at Miami, Herndon set new single-season bests with 40 receptions, 477 receiving yards and four touchdowns. A season after playing in the shadow of former teammate TE David Njoku, 2017 was projected to be a breakout year for the Norcross, Georgia native.
Michael Irvin II is now UM's starting tight end, Mark Richt says...— Susan Miller Degnan (@smillerdegnan) November 26, 2017
The ’Canes will now have to rely on sophomore TE Michael Irvin II to fill in for Herndon. With Miami preparing for their first ever ACC Championship game on Saturday, here’s hoping that Irvin II is quick study. Freshman TE Brian Polendey and Scott Patchan round out the depth chart at the position.
Herndon was reliable in the passing game for Miami all-season long. Just as important, Herndon provided excellent blocks to help the run game as well. Herndon earned an invite to the 2018 Reese’s Senior Bowl last week, which could be off the table depending on the timeline for his recovery.
It’s another devastating injury for Miami approaching the biggest game in over a decade. However, Miami has overcome plenty of obstacles as the season has progressed, the expectation is forthe next man to step up, helping the ’Canes continue to thrive.
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