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Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County and NC State commitment Terrell Manning is doing a weekly diary for Pack Pride.com that will focus on his senior season. In Manning's latest entry he discusses his team's playoff win, NC State's victory over North Carolina, and much more!
Tuesday, November 20 -- 8:45 p.m.
Well, our season is over now after we lost the playoff game to East Burke, 28-18. It started out well for us and I thought it was a pretty good game between two good teams. We went in at halftime and the game was still tight, and then the we fell behind 14-10, and that's when it happened... that's when I was injured.
"I just couldn't quit thinking
about if I'd lose my scholarship."
It was a normal running play. They handed the ball off to their running back and he ran hard to the wide side, and I was coming full-speed downhill looking to make the tackle. I was taking an angle, and I never saw the lineman coming at me. He chopblocked me down at my knee and from there it just felt like everything in my knee collapsed. Next came all this pain... I knew I was hurt bad.
I stayed on the field a pretty long time, and they had to cart me off. I was trying to get them to let me stay for the game so I could root for my teammates, but my knee was swelling up so they took me back from up there. I was upset because the game could have went either way. I talked to some people who stayed and they just said when I left the game it was like everybody just basically gave up. That's why I wanted to stay, but at the same time I had to do what was best for my future.
I'm still not sure of the full extent of the injury. I've had doctors look at my knee and all of them are saying that there is definitely a MCL tear based on where my pain is and the location, but there might not be an ACL tear. They didn't know if that was torn or not. I had my MRI today so I will know everything for sure tomorrow.
If it is just the MCL, the doctors said I could be back in about a month, but if it's the ACL too it will probably be longer. I've been talking with my parents and what I'm doing is expecting the worst so I will be prepared for it. One of my teammates last year, Travian Robertson, he tore his ACL when he was a junior and he came back really soon from it and played his whole senior season. That gives me some extra motivation because I know someone that went through that rehab and came back just as strong. If I have to do that rehab, I'll be ready and work my hardest to be even stronger than before.
I've already talked with the State coaches about it. They called me as soon as they could and coach Bridge said that I definitely still have my scholarship so there is no reason to worry about that. When I was laying on the field, that was all that was going through my mind... if I would still be able to go to State. I was more worried about my scholarship than all the pain I was in. I just couldn't quit thinking about if I'd lose my scholarship, so that made me feel a whole lot better about everything after talking with them.
|"It's only an all-star game."|
I'm not anticipating it affecting me playing my freshman year... I think I'll have time to be fully healthy by then, but worst-case scenario is I'd redshirt like a lot of freshmen have to do anyways. If I redshirt that would give me another full year to be even stronger and I'd still have four more years to play up there.
My senior year is over and now it looks like I won't be playing in the Shrine Bowl, but that doesn't matter much to me. When Earl [Wolff] called me to talk with me about my injury, he was asking if I was mad about not being able to play in that game. I told him that I was more worried about the next four years or five years of college up at State. That's just an all-star game. It's a game I would have liked to play in, but it's only an all-star game. I could have been just as easily hurt in that game as I was in my real high school game, so I'm not too upset about it.
I want to find out how bad my injury is and work my way back from it. No matter what the injury is, I'm going to come back stronger than ever.
I know I'll be able to get back fine because I'm going to work hard. Man, the biggest thing I'm worried about right now is how to use crutches. I've never had any kind of broken bone so I know I'm going to get a workout from using them.