Originally published April 18, 2011 at 08:33p.m., updated April 19, 2011 at 01:44a.m.

RB Brandon Bourbon injures leg at Monday practice, season in question

Kansas running back Brandon Bourbon fields a punt during practice on Monday, April 11, 2011 at the practice fields near Memorial Stadium.

Kansas running back Brandon Bourbon fields a punt during practice on Monday, April 11, 2011 at the practice fields near Memorial Stadium.


Kansas University’s enviable depth at running back became a little thinner Monday, as red-shirt freshman Brandon Bourbon suffered an injury during practice and will be out indefinitely.

“Brandon suffered a lower-leg injury at practice,” KU coach Turner Gill confirmed Monday night. “He will have surgery (today) to repair the injury and will miss the remainder of the spring season.”

Bourbon, a 6-foot-1, 208-pound tailback from Potosi, Mo., was a candidate to earn more carries this season after red-shirting last year. However, because of Monday’s setback, his season may be in doubt.

Shortly after Monday’s practice, KU junior D.J. Beshears posted on his Twitter page that the worst part of his day was seeing one of his teammates break his leg and fracture his ankle in practice. By 8:40 p.m., the Tweet had been removed.

Though disappointing because of Bourbon’s big-time potential, running back may be one of the positions on this year’s team most equipped to handle a major injury. Even without Bourbon, the Jayhawks still have last year’s leading rusher in sophomore James Sims and four-star freshman Darrian Miller, who has delivered a sensational spring so far.

Like Miller, Bourbon was a four-star prospect out of high school. He originally committed to Stanford before changing his mind and coming to Kansas.

In addition to Sims and Miller, the Jayhawks will welcome freshmen Dreamius Smith and Anthony Pierson to the backfield this fall, and they still have the experience of junior Rell Lewis, who missed the 2010 season because of a knee injury, and sophomore Deshaun Sands, who ran for 211 yards and a touchdown on 55 carries in 10 games last season.

The Jayhawks will hit the practice field Wednesday for their third intra-squad scrimmage of the spring before taking the rest of the week off.


Brennan Keller 10 years, 9 months ago

Matt: Is he out just the spring season, or the entire football season? The title is misleading.

Matt Tait 10 years, 9 months ago

They haven't said. All Gill said is that he's out for the rest of the spring so that's all we can go with... If it is a broken leg and fractured ankle, it's probably going to be a while.

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 9 months ago

If he just had a fractured tibia or fibula then I would say that he'd be back by August, but If he broke his ankle in multiple places, then they will likely have to put screws in, there is likely ligament damage, and there will be lots of scar tissue and calcium growth that he will have to rehab. It could be well into the season before he's ready to go, and he may never be 100% again.

I wish you a full and speedy recovery Brandon. Hope to see you at full strength this fall. It's painful just to hear about an injury at this point. Despite depth at your position, with a year in the offense, this team is going to need you this year.

Jhawk59 10 years, 9 months ago

Craaaaaaaaap. My guess is it's most if not all of the season.

Dan Harris 10 years, 9 months ago

He's already used his redshirt but could he apply for a medical redshirt?

Kman_blue 10 years, 9 months ago

Yes, if he were to miss the season he could apply for a medical redshirt still. The NCAA gives each player 1 regular redshirt year and a medical redshirt if they apply for it and the NCAA accepts it, but that's it. A player can't have another redshirt year of any kind after that.

Depending on the severity of the fracture(it sounds severe needing surgery), I'd expect Bourbon to be out 6 weeks for healing and another 6 to 8 weeks for rehab before he's ready to even think about practicing again, so that'd put it at late July or early August he'd be back at the earliest probably.

tical523 10 years, 9 months ago

This sucks. . . I have been looking forward to seeing this kid forever it seems like. I really really hope he can get back to 100% in the next 4 months, it is possible. If he just broke his ankle and did not tear any ligaments it is real possible he can be back this season just bad that he misses the practice / reps.

Matt Tait 10 years, 9 months ago

It's definitely possible. There's no doubt about that. There are a bunch of different types of breaks and fractures... Hopefully Bourbon's is on the lower end of the spectrum and he can come back at some point this season.

We'll do our best to find out more...

redlegger 10 years, 9 months ago

Have you seen a doctor about that? I recommend getting that cleared up as soon as possible!

gorilla10 10 years, 9 months ago

Too bad for Bourbon. Hopefully it's a quick recovery! This is a little off topic but I was wondering what ever happen to the Olympic village talk????

gorilla10 10 years, 9 months ago

The baseball field is sweet but everything else looks below average to be able and compete in the big12.........just wondering?

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 9 months ago

did you see all the empty seats in the football stadium? thanks to turner's contract and coaching, all projects are put on hold until the football team can make some money. don't hold your breath!

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 9 months ago

If it's true that it's all on hold, which I think I remember reading about at some point, then you can thank Mangino's buyout just as much as Turner's contract. If we hadn't hired Turner Gill we'd likely have hired some other coach that we'd have had to pay at least 2 million a year.

gorilla10 10 years, 9 months ago

Very true, last year was really a step back in the athletics department at KU.......

ahpersecoachingexperience 10 years, 9 months ago

ah man, that's too bad. if it needs surgery he may be looking at 4-6 months to get back to normal. wish the kid a speedy recovery!

ahpersecoachingexperience2 10 years, 9 months ago

Hang in there Brandon! Miller takes on a big role now

hometownhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

Oh right, because there was anything AT ALL in the article to indicate that it happened on kickoffs. Why don't you just take it all the way to RidiculousLand and say that if it happened on organized jumps off the roof of the Anderson Complex, then the staff needs to be scrutinized. You have just as much evidence to suspect that as what you wrote.

Jonathan Allison 10 years, 9 months ago

I do believe that Brandon was listed on the depth chart at kick returner.

That's not much evidence, but it's something.

newjayhawk 10 years, 9 months ago

he and james both are [were] practicing on KO and punt addition to maura

Jory Collins 10 years, 9 months ago

So you don't practice kick offs at full speed? At what point do you practice how you're going to play? This sucks, but injuries are part of sports.

Jeff Worthington 10 years, 9 months ago

This is one of the players I was most looking-forward to watching at the Spring Game. Get healed up soon Brandon, best wishes man! Hate to hear this news.

minipman 10 years, 9 months ago

i dont understand how you get hurt that bad during spring practices.. man they must be going hard and full speed.. i dont like the fact that players are getting hurt but i do like that it seems that they aren't just dancing around like ballerinas (what they must of been doing last year) but instead actually playing some football.

IgnorantYokel 10 years, 9 months ago

Best of luck for a speedy recovery, Brandon. We're all rooting for you!

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