Late-breaking news Sunday night – and I was not around any functioning technology to obtain it – is that running back Deontae Cooper is out for the season with a knee injury.
The few reporters at practice Saturday night saw the long touchdown run he had in the team scrimmage session. Nothing appeared out of the ordinary (taking a big hit, or making an excessively acrobatic and awkward move), except he stayed on the turf for a few minutes.
Coach Steve Sarkisian noted afterward that Cooper – one of the spring revelations as one of the four freshmen to enroll early – had sprained the knee, and that an MRI would be coming in the next couple days (he said Monday, but obviously the team got one earlier).
On Sunday night, the university released a statement that Cooper was out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and would have surgery the next couple weeks.
Well, it means Johri Fogerson could be back in line for more carries. Sarkisian said Saturday morning that the O'Dea product would be part of specialized packages (at running back, receiver, who know, "Wildcat"?), but that role could not expand.
Running back Chris Polk has not practiced the past couple days strictly as a precaution. Sarkisian said he would rest key veterans from time to time.
Also, Demitrius Bronson – who can gain and lose weight at a moment's notice – should fill out the back end of the tailback depth chart, presumably at No. 3 or No. 4.
Sarkisian will talk after practice this morning. Will update then.