Western Kentucky may have been hoping for another fine season from junior running back Anthony “Ace” Wales, but his contributions on offense won’t be immediate. Per Zach Greenwell of the Bowling Green Daily News, Wales has suffered an undisclosed injury and will be out indefinitely.
Hilltoppers coach Jeff Brohm briefly addressed Wales’ injury.
“There are some guys that we’re missing, but I like the guys we have,” Brohm said. “They’ve worked hard. At any point throughout the season, someone’s going to have to step up, and there will be a few this first game that will have to step up.”
A former three-star recruit out of Louisville Central High School, Wales ran for 518 yards and five touchdowns on just 82 carries last season. That was good for second on the team behind senior Leon Allen, who ran for 1,542 yards and 13 scores in 2014.
Just who steps up in Wales’ absence remains to be seen, but the most likely candidate is Indiana graduate transfer Anthony Davis. However, underclassmen Marqez Trigg and D’Andre Ferby could also see time behind Allen.
Either way, Wales is a big loss and hopefully he will be able to return at some point this season.
WKU opens the season against Vanderbilt in Nashville on Thursday.
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