Trent Guy, also a junior wide receiver, was shot outside a Louisville nightclub early Saturday morning. Guy, the Cardinals leading punt and kickoff returner, immediately underwent surgery and is expected to fully recover from his injuries.
"I was able to spend some time with Trent Guy this afternoon. He is in stable condition and are fortunate that his injuries aren't as severe as they could be," Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe said in a statement released Saturday afternoon. "We are fully cooperating with the Louisville Police Department in their investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with Trent and his family during this difficult time."
These two incidents are the latest in a string of damaging episodes for the Louisville football program that included the arrests of linebacker Willie Williams on drug-related charges and cornerback Rod Council for armed robbery in recent months.
While Spillman's status with the football team won't be announced until head coach Steve Kragthorpe returns from vacation - both Williams and Council were promptly dismissed from the team after their violations – it's probable his playing days at UofL are over.
And while Guy is expected to make a full recovery following Saturday mornings shooting, it's unknown whether or not he'll be able to return to action this fall.
Following a disappointing 6-6 season and already extremely thin and inexperienced on defense, these latest incidents could prove a devastating blow to the UofL offense. Not only were Spillman and Guy Louisville's two most dangerous return threats, but also among the most experienced receivers on the team.
Louisville kicks off the 2008 season August 31 at home against arch-rival Kentucky.