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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.

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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.

Comments

newmedia 3 years ago

Shoot! There goes my fantasy team..

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IgnorantYokel 3 years ago

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

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minipman 3 years 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.

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Jeff Worthington 3 years 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.

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pigballin 3 years ago

Why would you write season in question? Did you talk to the specialist?

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pigballin 3 years ago

If it happened on kick offs, the coaching staff needs to be scrutinized. There should be limited rules on kick offs that involves players running full speed in some cases at impact.

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Troll_or_AntiTroll 3 years ago

Yo B squared, keep your head up!

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ahpersecoachingexperience2 3 years ago

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

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ahpersecoachingexperience 3 years 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!

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gorilla10 3 years 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????

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vd 3 years ago

The Angus Quigley era lives on.

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tical523 3 years 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.

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Dan Harris 3 years ago

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

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Jhawk59 3 years ago

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

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Brennan Keller 3 years ago

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

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