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August 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Cooper out for season with torn ACL

The Washington Huskies got the worst news possible today on freshman running back Deontae Cooper, learning that he tore the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his left knee in practice Saturday night and will be out for the rest of the season.
The school reported in a statement that he will have surgery at some point in the next two weeks.
A true freshman from Perris, Calif., Cooper will be able to redshirt the season and still have four years of eligibility remaining. He was injured after being taken down following a 32-yard run early during a full-contact portion of Saturday night’s practice at Husky Stadium.
The 6-foot, 193-pounder was one of the more highly-touted members of UW’s recruiting class after rushing for 7,450 yards and 107 touchdowns during his career at Citrus Hill High.
Cooper was one of four members of the Class of 2010 who enrolled early and participated in spring practice. He and another one of that foursome, Jesse Callier, had each emerged as tailbacks likely to be in a rotation behind starter Chris Polk.
Now that rotation and depth behind Polk is obviously thinner. UW now has four healthy scholarship tailbacks on its roster — Polk, Callier, junior Johri Fogerson and sophomore Demitrius Bronson.
The injury is the first of significance in fall camp for the Huskies. UW was off today but will practice twice tomorrow.

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