STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State cornerback Will Redmond has torn his ACL and will likely miss the rest of his senior season, according to reports.
Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger reported the story, and Tyler Thompson of kentuckysportsradio.com relayed that the injury happened in practice:
Unfortunate news for Miss. State: Just announced that senior cornerback Will Redmond tore his ACL in practice.
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) October 22, 2015
It’s truly unfortanate anytime a player gets hurt, but this is without a doubt a triple dose of bad news for Dan Mullen and his Bulldogs.
It’s one thing to be banged up and bruised for a week or two, but at the very least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. A torn ACL is a long-term issue that needs long-term recovery. The fact that it happened in practice has to sting as well.
Yes, practices can get phyiscal and freak accidents certainly happen—keep in mind that ACL tears normally happen in freak ways when a leg gets bent back or a player steps wrong—but coaches usually go to great lengths to keep practices relatively injury free. Nobody ever wants to tear an ACL, but if a player was forced to pick a time most would rather go down in the heat of a game than at practice. Of course, in reality, nobody gets to choose those types of things.
The last negative to consider here is Redmond’s impact on the team. He was projected to be one of the top seniors in the nation as far as the upcoming NFL Draft is concerned, and so far he had lived up to that hype.
Through seven games in 2015, Redmond notched 25 tackles (18 solo), one pass broken up, one quarterback hurry and two interceptions.
He’ll be hard for Mississippi State to replace.