Durham — Dukes first major injury of the fall came Monday afternoon, when reserve tackle Tanner Stone suffered a season-ending ankle injury during the Blue Devils scrimmage. He will undergo surgery Wednesday.
Its really frustrating for a really fine redshirt freshman offensive lineman prospect, coach David Cutcliffe said. His spirits are good, and we will all be there to help him through a difficult rehabilitation.
Stone, who is 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds, was expected to back up senior starting right tackle Perry Simmons. Cutcliffe has said repeatedly he wants to rotate offensive and defensive linemen frequently to keep everyone fresh, and Stone was expected to be part of a four-man rotation at tackle with Simmons, Takoby Cofield and Carson Ginn.
We had four tackles that were ready to play with Tanner, Cutcliffe said. Now with three, we have to solve that puzzle.
Cutcliffe did say he was pleased with the progress made by redshirt freshman Casey Blaser, a South Mecklenburg High graduate who is listed at 6-foot-5, 280 pounds. Still, the loss of Stone hurts.
When you lose a player like Tanner, it always gives you a weak stomach, Cutcliffe said. It was a long night last night for us as coaches.