Ankle Injury Interrupts McGuffie Debut

Michigan running back commitment Sam McGuffie was just gathering steam Thursday night in Cy-Fair's opener versus Stratford when a face mask tackle caused him to turn an ankle. Read on for more.

Anticlimactic is the word. Not that it was McGuffie's fault.

Midway through the second quarter, as he was heading for the goal line, Houston Cy-Fair and U-M commitment running back Sam McGuffie was pulled down from behind by a face mask tackle. The hit twisted McGuffie's body and the replay shows him rolling over onto both his ankles as a result.

McGuffie sat out the rest of the first half, then came out from halftime lockerroom on his feel but limping noticably. He kept trying to make cuts on the sideline and got retaped, and retaped again, but it wasn't going to happen. He sat out the rest of the game.

McGuffie essentially played in three ball possessions.

In the second series an 18 yard McGuffie run to the goal line set up a one-yard touchdown run by the Cy-Fair fullback.

In the third series a 15 yard McGuffie got the Bobcats inside the Stratford 10 yard line, but the McGuffie injury stalled the drive ... leading to a field goal.

In less than two full quarters of play, McGuffie carried the ball 11 times for 66 yards.

The injury -- high ankle sprain.

By the way, Stratford beat Cy-Fair 12-17 ... 6-foot-2 Stratford quarterback Andrew Luck, who will change the "r's" for an "n" to play for U-M's prodigal son Jim Harbaugh at Stanford next year, was 15-33 for 228 yards and 2 TD's, and also carried the ball 9 times for 75 yards.

For fairly extensive coverage of the game by the Houston Chronicle,and a long post-UM-commitmet audio interview of McGuffie by the Chronicle, click here: Houston Chronicle all over Cy-Fair/Stratford.

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