Mauk Likely Done For 2006 Season

Wake Forest suffered a big blow Saturday night when quarterback Ben Mauk suffered what is expected to be a season ending injury while attempting to recover a fumble against Syracuse.

After completing 14-21 passes in Saturday's win over Syracuse, Ben Mauk's day -- and season -- came to an abrupt end as he suffered a broken bone in his upper arm. Mauk attempted to recover a fumble from running back De'Angelo Bryant when he broke his arm under a pile of Syracuse and Wake Forest players.

"He broke a bone above the elbow," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe told the media after the game.

"That's something we can fix pretty well," Grobe noted. "I just hope he'll be ok. I don't know much about medicine, so I'll let the doctors speak for that, but I imagine for a quarterback that's an injury that will keep him out for the season."

While Grobe was certainly dissapointed for Mauk as well as his team, he continued to praise Mauk's effort to recover the 3rd quarter fumble. "[That was the] most courageous thing I've seen out of a quarterback ever," he noted. "When that ball went on the ground, he knew how much we needed that ball back. I've never seen anybody go after a fumble like that guy did. And I think he just reached out and got his arm under that pile."

After a couple of years at Wake Forest, it looked as if Mauk was beginning to put things together against Syracuse and was poised for an excellent junior campaign. "I thought he really played well tonight," Grobe noted. "All the things he was doing, he was in control of the offense, he was making good checks, he was making good throws. He had one throw get out of his hand. He was trying to get the tight end in the flat and it sailed on him and he got that pick. Other than that, we thought he played really, really well. He had good control of the offense and I think when he got hurt he was really starting to go a little bit. He was kind of pumped up and felt really comfortable. It's really hard to see a guy work as hard as he's worked and playing as hard as he's played get hurt like that."

"I'll say it again, I'm so proud of the way he went after that fumble when we put the ball on the ground," Grobe continued. "He knew what it would do if we lost that fumble. I've never seen anybody, quarterback or any other position, go after a fumble the way that guy did. It's a shame that happened to him."

With the loss of Mauk to injury, Wake Forest will turn to backup Riley Skinner as the Deacs' #1 gunslinger. The Deacs' other scholarship quarterbacks are redshirt freshman Brett Hodges and freshman Zach MacDowall. Hodges has been injured and is just returning to form. Coach Grobe said Saturday night that he hopes to be able to redshirt MacDowall.


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