The Central Florida Knights program has been bitten by the injury bug twice today, as two key players will now be out for an extended period of time, one even for the rest of the season.
Head coach George O’Leary announced today that quarterback Justin Holman will miss the next two-to-four weeks after injuring his throwing hand in Saturday’s loss to Stanford. To add insult to injury, starting center Joey Grant will now miss the rest of the season after undergoing a third shoulder surgery.
O’Leary offered more to Shannon Green of the Orlando Sentinel.
“It [wasn’t as] … serious as they thought when they first told me about it in San Francisco, but it’s still enough where he has to let some sutures heal and all that type thing. But he’ll be back as soon as he can be back,” O’Leary said of Holman. “. . . He’ll work the rehab as much as he can work it to get back as soon as he can.”
“He’s [Grant] been a great kid for the program and he’s hurting himself and he’s such a great competitor. . . . If you can’t play, you can’t play. So you have to make decisions and move on,” O’Leary said.
Freshman Bo Schneider will take over at quarterback in Holman’s absence, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the Knights must now dig themselves out of an 0-2 hole after being upset by Florida International to open the season. Thankfully, the team’s next game is on Saturday against the Southern Conference’s Furman Paladins.
With a win over a relatively easy opponent, here’s hoping that UCF can get back on the right track despite injuries to key players.
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