Commodore Tailback Norval
McKenzie Injured in Practice; Starter Likely to Miss Rest
of Season With Leg Fracture 10/9/02
starting tailback Norval McKenzie is likely to miss the rest
of the 2002 season after suffering a lower leg injury at practice
McKenzie, a redshirt sophomore from Powder Springs, Ga.,
sustained a fractured lower right fibula during the final
minutes of practice. Surgery could be option, pending an evaluation
by the teams medical staff, including Dr. Eric McCarty.
McKenzie was Vanderbilts leading rusher with 326 yards
on 42 carries. His 7.8-yard average per attempt was tied with
Shaud Williams of Alabama as the best in the Southeastern
Our first thoughts are with Norval, Head Coach
Bobby Johnson said. It is certainly an unfortunate and
disappointing injury for this young man. We were expecting
Norval to have a great second half of the season. After that,
you start thinking about the affect on our offense. Thats
a lot of production to take out of the equation.
The Commodores are expected to move Kwane Doster, a true
freshman from Tampa, Fla., into the starting tailback role
when Vanderbilt hosts neighboring Middle Tennessee this Saturday
night. Redshirt freshman Matthew Tant, likely to start at
fullback, also could be action at tailback.
We have a lot of confidence in Kwane (Doster) and his
abilities. There are other guys that also could see action,
McKenzie could be the second Commodore starting tailback
to suffer a season-ending injury this season. Junior Ronald
Hatcher suffered a broken leg early in the Commodores
victory over Furman after starting at tailback in the teams
first two games.