Elliott Sidelined By Shoulder Injury

North Carolina pledge Nathan Elliott couldn’t have begun Friday’s rivalry game against Argyle (Texas) High any better. Unfortunately, his outing ended prematurely.

“I came out and I was having definitely the best game of this year, maybe the game of my life,” Elliott said. “It was just one of those nights that I was on. The whole team was on. We were all on the same page.”

Elliott, a 6-foot, 183-pound quarterback, completed all four of his attempted passes for 83 yards, and rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, he helped Celina (Texas) High build a 15-7 lead on its rival with Elliott scoring on a seven-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion pass.

Argyle is not only Celina’s rival, but Elliott had failed to defeat them in two previous tries – blowout losses by scores of 63-13 and 45-7.

During the second drive of the game, Elliott dislocated his shoulder on a 13-yard run. He stayed in the game and even threw a 16-yard pass that eventually led to a touchdown.

“I was getting to run the ball a lot, which I love to do, and I just came down wrong on [my shoulder],” Elliott said. “I got tackled and a guy landed on me as I was coming down.”

Elliott carried the ball on the first play of the next offensive drive, but the pain wouldn’t allow him to throw on the two subsequent downs forcing a three-and-out.

“I couldn’t throw,” Elliott said. “I threw one pass and I don’t know how I did it, honestly. It didn’t feel normal at all and it hurt like crazy.”

Elliott would sit out the remainder of the game and Celina went on to lose, 49-21.

“It was frustrating because they’re our rival and our team is really good,” Elliott said.”We were up on them, but I had to sit out and watch [Argyle] slowly take the lead and build it.”

Elliott will sit out this week and miss Friday’s game against Dallas Bishop Lynch. He figures to return to action for the following week’s game against Melissa (Texas).

“[The injury] is not that bad,” Elliott said. “It’s kind of a day-by-day thing. I’m doing a lot of rehab for it – icing, mainly. I could probably play this week if I needed to.”

Thus far this season, Elliott has completed 27-of-42 passes (64-percent) for 396 yards and six touchdowns. He has also rushed 27 times for 129 yards and a touchdown. Celina is 2-1.

Elliott’s future team, UNC, is undefeated after two games. He’s been following the Tar Heels as much as possible from Texas.

“I talk to Coach ‘Heck’ [Keith Heckendorf] – we talk every Tuesday night,” Elliott said. “I watched the game last week and then the week before it wasn’t on TV here, so I watched it on ESPN3.”

Elliott won’t have any problem catching UNC when it hosts Virginia Tech. He plans to be in Chapel Hill for that game.

Previously, Elliot has camped at UNC the past two summers and attended the Tar Heels’ Spring Game in April.

“I just want to see what it’s like a Saturday in Chapel Hill,” Elliott said. “Chapel Hill is ranked as one of the best college sports towns in America. I want to see what it’s going to be like for me every weekend during the next four falls.”

When Elliott camped at UNC in June, it was his first visit as a verbal commitment.

“I was definitely trying to put myself into ‘This is going to be my home for the next four or five years,’” Elliott said. “I actually flew out there by myself – my parents didn’t come with me. I stayed in the dorms with Mitch [Trubisky] and a couple of other guys. I tried to make it like I was already in college to see how I liked it. It was only two days, but in those two days it was awesome.”

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