On Monday afternoon, it was reported that Miami Hurricanes Freshman RB Lorenzo Lingard had sustained an injury during practice. The severity of the injury was not immediately known, though Lingard was seen on crutches with his leg leg wrapped following the day’s practice session.
If Lorenzo Lingard knee injury today is longterm - and UM says tests being done - he can't redshirt this year because UM says he has appeared in six games (with 17 carries). Unfortunate— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) October 22, 2018
Just a day later, the diagnosis came back for Lingard’s injury, and it’s not good.
The star freshman running back, a 5-star recruit in Miami’s 2018 recruiting class, has a torn MCL in his left knee and will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the ligament. His freshman season is over. The timetable for his return will be determined following the surgery, per UM Athletics.
For his part, Lingard seems in good spirits, despite this unfortunate injury setback.
Things happen in this sport called football and if you really know me this won’t hold me back it’s only going to make me stronger and faster. I’m in good hands and will be back better than ever .— Lorenzo Lingard JR (@d1champ99) October 23, 2018
But, this can’t be seen as anything other that bad from my perspective. I’ve long said I never wish injury upon anyone, let alone a player as talented as Lingard.
Though he was 3rd on the RB rotation behind Travis Homer and DeeJay Dallas, Lingard played in 6 games this year, logging carries in 4. He played on special teams in all 6 games, and was rotating in as a starting kick returner, a wish choice in my estimation due to Lingard’s track speed.
Lingard’s freshman season ends with 17 carries for 136 yards and 2 TDs, to go along with 2 kick returns for 46 yards.
As noted by Miller Degnan and Jackson above, Lingard is unable to get a redshirt, medical or traditional, for this season due to the fact that he played in 6 games this year. The talented 6’0” 202lb Lingard will have 3 years of eligibility remaining, as this season counts fully for him.
We wish Lorenzo Lingard a safe surgery and a full and complete recovery.
The Miami Hurricanes continue their 2018 season on Friday Night at Boston College.