On Sunday afternoon, the University of Miami announced that senior TE Christopher Herndon IV would have season ending surgery.
Miami’s 2nd leading receiver, Herndon IV was injured in the 3rd quarter of the loss at Pittsburgh on November 24th. That knee injury was severe enough to require surgery, and will end the senior Herndon’s collegiate career. Here’s more from Miami Athletics:
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami football program announced Sunday that senior tight end Christopher Herndon IV sustained a left medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury Friday in the Hurricanes’ game at Pittsburgh, and will undergo season-ending surgery this week.
The surgery will be performed at the UHealth Sports Medicine Institute at The Lennar Foundation Medical Center.
Herndon caught 40 passes for 477 yards and four touchdowns this season, setting career highs in all three categories.
As stated in the release, Herndon tore his left MCL and that is the injury that requires surgery. The 6’4” 252lb senior from Norcross, GA was a multifaceted weapon for the Canes. He was a matchup problem for defenses with his combination of size and speed, and was a key blocker in Miami’s run game.
Herndon will miss the ACC Championship game and Miami’s bowl game with the above-detailed injury. The senior ends his collegiate career with 86 catches for 1,048 yards (a 12.2 yards per catch average) and 7 TDs. His stat line of 40-477-4 in 2017 prior to his injury were all career highs.
Miami is perilously thin at TE now that Herndon is out. Michael Irvin II, Scott Patchan, and Brian Polendey are the available players at the position. The trio has combined for 4 catches for 56 yards in their careers....all by Irvin II this season.
Now without their 2nd leading receiver and best matchup advantage, the Hurricanes face the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game on December 2nd.
We wish Christopher Herndon IV a swift and complete recovery. He will rehab and begin to prepare for the NFL Draft process as his college career is now over.
Stay tuned to State of the U for more on Miami Hurricanes football as the ACC Championship game nears.