Bull starting quarterback injured left knee was worse than first thought and the senior quarterback will be out for the remainder of the 2009 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee in last night's game against Charleston Southern.
"Obviously, I am disappointed because you never think this could happen to you," said Grothe. "It's a team game and I am still going to be very involved with my teammates and the coaches. I am going to do everything I can to help the Bulls continue to win."
With the Bulls up 28-0 late in the second quarter, Grothe was hurt after a 9-yard run when he was tackled and had his left leg bent behind him. Grothe was assisted off the field and brought to the locker room. He returned after halftime on crutches and a knee brace on. Grothe was 11 of 14 for 149 yards with 2 TD's, including a 50-yard score to Carlton Mitchell, and also rushed five times for 24 yards and directed three scoring drives before he got injured.
"Matt's a franchise guy and an even better human being," said Leavitt. "We all know that. What he's done in college football is extraordinary. He has been one of the greatest names out there. We all know that and our entire program feels bad for him. Matt is a special, special guy."
Grothe, the starting Bulls starting quarterback since his redshirt-freshman year in 2006 and had started 41 consecutive games for the Bulls. During that time he became the BIG EAST career leader in total offense with 10,875 yards. Grothe rushed for 2,206 yards and scored 23 touchdowns over 42 career games. He passed for 8,669 yards and 52 touchdowns, both of which are the second best marks in USF history.
"Injuries are part of the game, but we're still devastated for Matt," said USF offensive coordinator Mike Canales. "It's tough losing a player and leader of Matt's caliber."
Grothe was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2006, an honorable mention freshman All-American in 2006 and the magicJack St. Petersburg Bowl MVP in 2008. He was also named the USF offensive playmaker of the year by his coaches and teammates in 2007 and 2008.So far this season Grothe accounted for 46.3 percent of the Bulls total offense with 121 rushing yards and 512 yards through the air.
"Matt's mother and I are saddened by our son's injury, but he's a strong person and will still be involved as the team chases its first BIG EAST Championship," said Matt Grothe Sr. He is going to help the team, the quarterbacks and the program in any way possible. He's doing well mentally and physically and is anxious to begin the rehab process, so that he can put this injury behind him and continue with his football career."
Redshirt freshman B.J. Daniels will step into the starting role, with fellow redshirt freshman Evan Landi as back-up, but neither has the experience of Matt Grothe, the Big East career leader in total offense with 10,875 yards, who has 41 career starts with USF.
QB Grothe Out for the Season with Torn ACL
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