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Originally published November 9, 2011 at 06:55p.m., updated November 10, 2011 at 12:45a.m.

KU running back, Brandon Bourbon, out for the season with leg injury

Kansas running back Brandon Bourbon celebrates his touchdown against Texas Tech during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

Kansas running back Brandon Bourbon celebrates his touchdown against Texas Tech during the first quarter on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011 at Kivisto Field.

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Kansas University football coach Turner Gill said after Wednesday’s practice that red-shirt freshman running back Brandon Bourbon would miss the rest of the season because of a leg injury.

Gill said Bourbon, who rushed for 25 yards on back-to-back carries in last week’s loss at Iowa State, suffered the injury against the Cyclones. Team doctors determined this week that the best thing for Bourbon would be to shut it down for the season and look toward next year.

“He’s disappointed,” Gill said. “I’ve been on that side of it, but we all have to look out for what’s best for him.”

In eight games this season, Bourbon gained 190 yards on 28 carries and scored one touchdown, a 51-yard run against Texas Tech.

The yardage totals rank him fourth on the team, which, thanks to the presence of James Sims, Darrian Miller and Tony Pierson, should be able to handle the loss of a running back. Still, Bourbon’s backfield mates said they’d miss having him available.

“We gotta work with what we have,” said Miller, a freshman who ranks second on the team with 396 yards and four TDs in 101 carries. “But at the same time, it does take a piece away from the puzzle, and it’s going to be hard playing without him.”

After red-shirting in 2010, Bourbon, 6-foot-1, 208 pounds, from Potosi, Mo., missed most of spring drills this season because of injury.

Comments

danmoore 2 years, 5 months ago

The talent level is so thin on this team it hurts to lose anyone. Disappointing but it would be even more disappointing to lose him during a good season.

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justinryman 2 years, 5 months ago

Im sure Brandon has a better moral content than most fans and will honor his commitment to coach Gill and the University of Kansas.

Injury doesn't equal transfer. It means he's hurt not a quitter.

Unbelievable that people would think that.

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Kenneth Hillman 2 years, 5 months ago

Bourbon is a good back and I hope he gets healthy and stays at KU. My next request would be, as people have said above, to find an OC that utilizes each of our back's talents appropriately. Take a look at Arkansas' offense when they had McFadden, Felix, and Peyton Hillis. They had two 1,000 yard backs I believe.

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KGphoto 2 years, 5 months ago

Damn! There goes the season.

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tpatt 2 years, 5 months ago

He should have stuck with Stanford

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blackhawkjayhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Love the baby blue uni's. They should wear them all the time.

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Dickless Head 2 years, 5 months ago

Gill is a moron. I run intellectual circles around him, as does 90 percent of the fan base.

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troutsee 2 years, 5 months ago

Too bad about Brandon. He is a terrific back. Does seem to be injury prone. He will go on to have an outstanding career at KU.

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Bill Kackley 2 years, 5 months ago

So many of you guys say just anything that comes to mind. I think Gill has to go to but he is so much smarter than most of you, especially ahpersecoachingexperience, it's not even funny. I have no idea why so many of you that don't know what the heck your talking about keep opening up your mouths and farting out of them.

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boknowssports 2 years, 5 months ago

This season is destroying any chance for good recruits to come here. Some have already de-committed I'm told. What a mess Gill has got us into.

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hihawk 2 years, 5 months ago

I hear that Paterno is on his way to Lawrence.

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Geekinout 2 years, 5 months ago

Get well soon! Sorry to hear... He should have been a fullback in a flex or wishbone offense, especially considering the depth and talent of the running backs.

Instead, Chuck Longs predictable offense: Wildcat (Mathews/Lewis) on 1st and 10. Draw sweep (Sims/Miller) on 2nd and 12. Wide-receiver screen (Pick/Beshears) on 3rd and 15. Then of course Punt on 4th and 15. Sound familiar?

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Chris Bailey 2 years, 5 months ago

Get well Brandon! Maybe our new coaching staff will actually know how to call plays that use each backs abilities! Maybe we won't run out of the wildcat for 2.2 yards per carry every time!

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DXJhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Great running back, but seems fairly injury-prone.

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squawkhawk 2 years, 5 months ago

Just part of Gill's master plan to win championships.

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jayhawkinATL 2 years, 5 months ago

Yep, bet he wished he would have stuck with the Stanford commitment.

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