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April 21, 2008 4:03 PM

Garcia has Lisfranc injury

Posted by Bob Condotta

UW coach Tyrone Willingham just announced that Juan Garcia suffered a Lisfranc injury when he was injured on Friday.

The injury is the same suffered in 2006 by quarterback Isaiah Stanback. But Willingham said that was a "severe'' version of the injury and that there are "varying degrees of it.''

He said it is uncertain right now how serious Garcia's injury is and that he will be further evaluated in the next few days to determine a more exact prognosis.

He said there was no apparent damage to the knee, which had also been listed as a potential area of injury on Friday.

Willingham said he would not estimate how long Garcia will be out other than to say the obvious that he is out for the rest of the spring.

Stanback had surgery and needed about nine months to get to fully recover. It is unknown whether Garcia will need surgery.

Willingham said Garcia will be replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore Matt Sedillo with walk-on sophomore Gregory Christine serving as the backup. But he said it is possible other players could be moved to center if need be to put the best five players on the field.

Willingham said that Garcia i struggling with the thought that his career could be over, or at the least, that he won't be 100 percent for his final season.

"It's very difficult on him right now,'' Willingham said, noting Garcia's preivous injury history (missing the 2004 and 2005 seasons with injuries) and saying that he is inevitably asking "why me?''

The injury was suffered early in Friday's scrimmage and Willingham said Garcia's loss was obvious the remainder of the day.

"The whole team felt his absence,'' Willingham said.

A UW spokesman reminded us that while Stanback's is the most notable Lisfranc injury suffered by a Husky in recent years that DT Donny Mateaki also suffered a version of it in the spring of 2005 and came back to play that fall.

FORRESTER TO CORNER: In another bit of news, Willingham also announced that senior free safety Mesphin Forrester is moving to cornerback. The move is being done in part due to the rapid improvement of sophomore Nate Williams, who is emerging as a starter at safety alongside another sophomore, Victor Aiywea.

Willingham said he liked the pairing of Forrester, listed at 6-2, 205, alongside Quinton Richardson, who is 6-0, 205, saying "now we have two bigger bodies out there to contend with.'' So sounds as if the starting secondary right now is Forrester and Richardson at corner and Williams and Aiyewa at safety.

DEFENSE WINS SCRIMMAGE: Willingham also said that the defense got the better of the offense in the scrimmage Friday. "This time I gave the advantage to the defense coming out of the scrimmage,'' he said.

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Posted by Luke

4:23 PM, Apr 21, 2008

Hopefully it isn't as serious as Stanback's. Here's hoping the best for Garcia and his future.

Posted by Craig

4:28 PM, Apr 21, 2008

Here's to good news, and get well soon, Juan. We need ya, big guy.

Posted by Chris Miller

4:36 PM, Apr 21, 2008

I agree, we need Garcia for leadership and his physical presence. Get well soon! I like the move with Forrseter to corner, that is really the smartest move you can make. I am impressed that Richardson is having that kind of spring, however I would like to know what's the deal with Davenport, Murchison, Mosely, McDowell? It's funny how quickly things can change. Can't wait until Saturday boys!


Posted by boycott nike

4:52 PM, Apr 21, 2008

Chris, Maybe this is the Donatell influence. He wants bigger corners jamming people up at the line of scrimmage instead of playing off the ball and reacting.

Posted by Gary

4:54 PM, Apr 21, 2008

A "severe" lisfranc of any degree is long term and potentially recurrent . Very sorry to read this. It is hard to see how a heavy player who generates tremendous force on that foot can recover to play at the beginning of next season. But it may be doable; every injury and every person is different. Best of luck to Juan. We'll all be cheering for him, even whle he's on the sidelines.

Posted by BStheBrain

4:56 PM, Apr 21, 2008

Ty Law and Dwight Freeney both had this type of injury and have continued their careers successfully...he shouldn't be upset about the long term.

Posted by Dawgfan1

5:08 PM, Apr 21, 2008

This really is a sad injury. I feel for Juan who gave up a possible NFL career to come back for a 6th year when the program is still struggling to get above water. I was really looking forward to him having a good year and improving his NFL prospects. I hope the fraction turns out to be less severe than Stanbacks, and maybe we can see Garcia for at least part of the season next year.

Good luck, Juan!

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5:13 PM, Apr 21, 2008

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Posted by lisfranc follower

5:21 PM, Apr 21, 2008

other notable players to have suffered a lisfranc are: Chad Brown, Duce Staley and UW's Derrick Johnson (which took nearly 18 months to recover from. It's a bad injury for a lineman though and hopefully isn't severe. Best of luck Juan.

Posted by bainbridgedawg

6:11 PM, Apr 21, 2008

Personally, I won't miss Davenport or McDowell if Donatell goes with Richardson and Forrester. I know corners can be small, but those guys are just tiny. McDowell will be great in 2 years.

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