The Fresno State Bulldogs received a plethora of bad news Tuesday when it was announced that wide receiver Delvon Hardaway and defensive end Todd Hunt each require surgery to repair torn ligaments. Hardaway will likely miss the next six months and start of the 2015 season after sustaining a partial tear of his ACL.
“Unfortunately, we got a little bit of bad news with Delvon having a knee injury,” coach Tim DeRuyter said Monday. “We think he’ll be out about six months so it will be that first month of the season that he’ll be back. Hopefully, he’ll be back to full speed by then, but we fully anticipate he’ll be playing … this season and hopefully it will be early.”
On the other hand, Hunt will miss about three to four months with a torn ligament in his hand.
“Todd got some ligament damage in a finger last week in a scrimmage,” DeRuyter said. “He competed the entire scrimmage — didn’t even realize it was an issue until afterward. But he’ll get that thing repaired, which will put him out a couple of months. He’ll still be able to run and lift and do some things, so he should be fine and ready to go within three or four months.”
During his redshirt freshman season, Hardaway caught 23 passes for 279 yards while Hunt developed into a stalwart along the defensive line recording 54 tackles, five of which were behind the line of scrimmage, and two sacks. Furthermore, both players were expected to emerge from spring practices as top players at their respective positions, but will instead face a long battle back to the field.
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