Tape It Up: Bad Week for ACLs

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Bad Week for ACLs

It was a tough week for anterior cruciate ligaments across the world of college football. Four major contributors to four different programs tore their ACLs this week, leaving worries about replacements and depth in their wake.

Maryland linebacker Alex Wujciak tore his ACL Tuesday after slipping on the turf and hyperextending his knee. The redshirt freshman was pushing for a starting job, but will now miss the entire season, pulling Trey Covington and Jermaine Lemons into the No. 1 and 2 spots in the Leo position (Linebacker/defensive end).

ACC foe Clemson is in the same boat after losing running back Ray Ray McElrathbey on Thursday. McElrathbey had arthroscopic knee surgery last month and had the second-best performance in a team scrimmage last week, rushing six times for 25 yards, including a six-yard touchdown scamper. The sophomore shifted to the running back position at the end of last season after starting at defensive back in 2006. His injury shouldn't have a large effect Clemson's run game in 2007, as McElrathbey was third on the depth chart behind all-conference backs James Davis and C.J. Spiller, but having the runner on the bench instead of the practice field this season will have repercussions for the years to come.

Moving west, TCU has also been bit by the ACL bug. Starting left tackle Wade Sisk is out for the season after tearing his ACL last week, leaving the Horned Frogs with only two returning starters on the offensive line. Sisk started 13 games at right tackle last season.

BYU nose tackle Russell Tialavea did a double-whammy on his right knee, tearing both his ACL and MCL this week. The redshirt sophomore's departure means that freshman Eathyn Manumaleuna and junior Mosese Foketi have moved up in the depth chart and Garrett Reden is in the middle of a three-day trial run on the defensive line (the freshman came into camp as an offensive lineman).

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