Kirby out for awhile with injury

Raphael Kirby got hurt over the weekend and will be out for awhile. Read on to see what head coach Al Golden is saying about the status of Kirby, Anthony Chickillo, Thurston Armbrister and more.

Q: What can you tell us about Raphael Kirby's injury?
A: All I can tell you is that it's not going to require surgery, but he's going to be out for a while. We don't know to what extent, but he's doing MRIs and getting treatment every day.

Q: How do you feel about this?
A: Crushed. He's a great kid, and he worked really hard. I don't think, knowing his character and work ethic, I would rule him out this year. Hopefully, he will get a chance to get back at mid-season.

Q: He seemed that he was more developed than most of the freshmen. Is that going to probably contribute to him coming back faster?
A: He's character and his makeup was so good that all he had to work on was his football. He wasn't behind in school. He wasn't making bad decisions off the field. Guys like that transition easy into college football. So, again, [he has] a great family and great makeup. He is the type of student athlete we want out here. The way he was approaching football is the same way he is going to approach rehab. If they said 4-6 weeks, or whatever they are saying, he will be on the short side of that.

Q: What about Chickillo? He's out here with stomach flu today.
A: I don't know if he's cleared or not. I haven't talked to Vinny yet this morning. If he's cleared to go and he can give us some reps, good, and, if not, we will hold him out. [Anthony Chickillo went to practice today with a yellow restricted jersey because of stomach flu.]

Q: Yesterday he looked a little woozy. Do you think it was getting to him?
A: Yeah, I think he's alright. I think someone said that it was a sinus infection or something to that effect, which is hard to have him make contact. But, I guess we will see today.

Q: What do you think Phillip Dorsett brings to the table?
A: We had a special team scrimmage yesterday, and he did a great job punt returning. I think the biggest difference with Phillip right now is he didn't play as fast last year as he is playing right now. So, he's more comfortable with the system, [and] he's in better condition. Right now, everything is faster and quicker, and I think he has been having a great camp.

Q: What is it about Thurston Armbrister that has stuck out?
A: He plays hard. He's way more physical than we thought he would be. Sometimes when we move a safety down, he's not as physical, and I think he has long arms, so he's going to be big. He is close to 220 now, so I think he's going to be 235 lbs. when it is all set and done. And, he's smart. I'm excited about Thruston. He has been competeing every day.


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