RUSTON, La. (Sept. 24, 2012) - Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes announced on his weekly radio show Monday that running back Tevin King will miss the remainder of the 2012 season due to a knee injury.
King sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Bulldogs 52-24 win at Illinois on Sept. 24.
The freshman from Moultrie, Ga. led the Western Athletic Conference with an average of 117.67 rushing yards per game and five rushing touchdowns. He was ranked eighth nationally in rushing, tied for 17th nationally in scoring and 29th nationally in all-purpose yardage (138.67 per game), leading the WAC in that category as well.
"Somebody else will have to step up and that is just the way this game is played," Dykes said early Monday at his weekly press conference before King's status was fully known. "Everybody goes through injuries. There are going to be injuries this year to players, and you hate it for the players and you hate it for our team. But, it is an opportunity for somebody else to make an impact on our program."
Louisiana Tech plays at Virginia this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT on ESPN3. The Bulldogs have three other running backs on its roster - senior Ray Holley, sophomore Hunter Lee and freshman Kenneth Dixon - with extensive experience while walk-on Brandon Davis saw action at Illinois last week.