One of college football’s biggest stars went down with an injury earlier today.
During the Oregon Ducks’ season opener against Fresno State, Kayvon Thibodeaux was knocked out after he got “rolled up on” by one of his teammates in the first half. Coming back out of the locker room after the halftime break, the star defensive end returned to the field in street clothes and a walking boot.
After the game, Mario Cristobal gave an update on his defensive leader. The fifth-year Ducks head coach said he’s “very optimistic” that the injury is nothing serious.
X-rays came back negative as Thibodeaux was diagnosed with an ankle sprain.
Cristobal: Kayvon Thibodeaux got “rolled up on” and it’s a sprain. Optimistic it’s not too serious. X-rays negative.
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Prior to his injury today, Thibodeaux notched a big-time sack and forced fumble to set up the Ducks for their first score of the game. Through his first two seasons in Eugene, the future first-round prospect logged 77 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 12.0 sacks.
Even with Thibodeaux’s absence in the second half, Oregon was able to pull out a 31-24 win over the Bulldogs.
Cristobal and the Oregon program will hope for a speedy recovery for Thibodeaux as the Ducks are set to face off against the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes next Saturday in Columbus.