CMU’s third-leading rusher out for the season

Central Michigan Chippewas running back Saylor Lavallii has suffered an injury and will miss the entire 2015 season. The university’s football program made the announcement and did not disclose Lavallii’s injury, per student-athlete privacy laws.

Entering his senior year, Lavallii will seek a medical hardship waiver so that he can possibly play next season. This year, he will be a student assistant for head coach John Bonamego.

It isn’t necessarily a devastating blow for CMU, as running backs Devon Spalding and Martez Walker are also returning, but they are both underclassmen and do not have the same leadership presence as Lavallii.

In three years with the team, he has rushed for 1,368 yards and 11 touchdowns while also chipping in 31 receptions for 216 yards and a touchdown.

His presence on the field will surely be missed, and hopefully he gets that waiver so that he can join the team for one more season in 2016.

CMU opens the season at home against Oklahoma State on September 3.

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