Miami Hurricane tight end Clive Walford’s status remains in question after suffering a knee injury during the team’s season-ending loss to Pittsburgh. Walford, the team’s career leader in receptions and yards by a tight end, will undergo surgery putting his status up in the air. The exact injury remains a mystery as well as the timetable for his absence, but local newspapers have reported conflicting news regarding the injury.
The Palm Beach Post broke information that Walford only suffered damage to the meniscus, allowing him to be available for the game while the Orlando Sentinel released a more severe diagnosis stating that Walford endured structural problems to his Medial Collateral Ligament. The truth remains a bit foggy at this point, but more information regarding the topic should unravel as the Hurricanes potential bowl game approaches. If the Hurricanes are forced to play without Walford, it could affect the way the entire offense is structured putting the team- and a rookie quarterback- in a difficult predicament against a formidable opponent.
During Walford’s senior campaign, he caught 64 passes for 676 yards and seven touchdowns surpassing career marks left by former Hurricane Kellen Winslow Jr. prior to his injury. Week in and week out, Walford was the safety blanket for true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya, making him a finalist for the John Mackey Award- presented to the nation’s top tight end. Walford has a bright future on Sunday’s and could be among the first tight ends selected during the 2015 draft. On top of hurting Miami’s Bowl chances, a severe injury could derail his drafts prospects and force a top tight end to slip into the later rounds.
The Hurricanes have struggled as of late and have lost their last three games. Miami is looking for their first bowl victory since 2006.
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