Miami Hurricanes senior linebacker Raphael Kirby suffered a knee injury in Saturday’s win against Virginia Tech and will miss the remainder of the season, thus ending his college career. Andre C. Fernandez of The Miami Herald reported the unfortunate news.
Hurricanes coach Al Golden addressed his player’s injury.
“We are tremendously disappointed for Raphael,” Golden said. “He is the true definition of a leader on the field, in the community and in the classroom. His commitment to our team and our goals has been unquestioned over his career, and he will be sorely missed. We will support Raphael through his recovery as we continue to lean on his leadership for our team.”
“I’m crushed,” Golden said. “Raphael represents what we want in a Miami Hurricane. He’s a leader. He’s unselfish. He holds his teammates accountable, and he’s a big part of who we are.”
A former four-star recruit out of Stephenson High School, in the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Kirby ends his collegiate career with 124 tackles, a sack, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. He is the third Hurricanes linebacker to be lost this season, joining Darrion Owens and Marques Gayot.
The extent of Kirby’s injury is unknown, but here’s hoping that he can recover quickly and get some workouts in before the NFL Draft in the spring.
Campus Sports will update Kirby’s recovery as it progresses.
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