Running back Bo Scarbrough of Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Northridge didn't hear a pop or anything when he was tackled in the first quarter two weeks ago against Hillcrest. But as he attempted to get up, he could tell something was wrong.
"I couldn't walk normal," Scarbrough said.
The following morning, doctors gave Scarbrough bad news. He had torn the ACL and MCL in his left knee. And just like that, the standout sophomore's season was over.
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"It's tough to take, but it happens," Scarbrough said.
Last Tuesday, Scarbrough had surgery, which he said went well. If all goes as planned, he'll be back and good to go for spring practice.
"I think I can come back better than before," Scarbrough said.
Before the injury, Scarbrough, who is 6-feet-2, 215 pounds, had rushed for 763 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Because of that, he has drawn heavy attention from several programs. Four of them - Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and Troy - have offered. The Bulldogs were first to pull the trigger. The Tide was the most recent.
Scarbrough also is hearing from programs such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisville and LSU. He said he hopes to pick a school by the middle of his junior season.
Alabama, which Scarbrough will visit this weekend when the Tide plays host to LSU, is the early leader.
"I like the spirit they have over there and all the great stuff they've got," he said. "They've got great fans and great players."
Scarbrough had hoped to visit Auburn on Saturday for the first time, but couldn't make it.
"My knee was hurting," he said. "I didn't feel like doing all the walking."
For now, Scarbrough is wearing a brace on the injured knee. Last week, he watched his team, which is now 9-1, from the sidelines, something that wasn't easy.
"You just wish you were out there helping your team," Scarbrough said. "Everybody is cheering me up."