Heaney Hopeful BYU Career Not Over

"It was unbelievable. I knew the second it happened what was up, having gone through the same exact thing last season. I was just like, ‘You gotta be kidding me, not again.' It's just unbelievable that it would happen two years in a row."

Setbacks, adversity and injury are nothing new to football, but fate seemingly rained on Brandon Heaney's parade as he prepared seven months for what he expected would be his best season ever as a BYU starting cornerback.

"I just sat there in disbelief that it was happening again. There I was, with my shoulder completely out of my socket again, and it was just really hard to take."

Before last season, Heaney had never had any shoulder problems. He was sidelined much of last season with repeated shoulder dislocations on his right side, even as he played through the pain. It got so bad he dislocated it in his sleep.

Last Thursday in a winning effort against Georgia Tech, Heaney dislocated his healthy shoulder that requires season-ending surgery. BYU will petition the NCAA for a medical hardship year because of his injury.

"We're getting my appeal together and we'll send it in soon. We won't find out if they give me a medical hardship until January, but I'm real hopeful that I'll be granted another year. It's just really tough to end it like this, you know."

Heaney played as a freshman at Air Force Academy before redshirting a year when he transferred to BYU during the 2001-02 season. He did not serve an LDS mission.

He is scheduled to have shoulder surgery next Thursday that will require a 6-8 month recovery period. He had the same surgery on his other shoulder after last season.

"It's just tough to have done all that rehab on my shoulder just to have to do the same thing after the same exact thing happens to my other shoulder the first game I come back," Heaney said. "It's unbelievable. But hey, I'm more than willing to rehab it again if I can play next year. I just don't want to have my career end with an injury. I want to go out after playing an entire season and really contributing to the team.

"It's just horrible luck. I guess, maybe my joints in my shoulders became real loose or something, I really don't know," a depressed Heaney added.

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