Posted: 4:05 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2008
By Jason Lieser
King’s Academy linebacker Toney Moore, one of the area’s top college prospects, tore his MCL and could miss the rest of his senior season.
Moore injured his right knee after catching a pass in Friday’s 27-0 win over John Carroll.
Lions coach Craig Dobson said Lee Bussey will replace Moore (6-2, 215) at strong-side linebacker, and said he has no expectations on Moore’s timetable for a return, if that is even a possibility.
Moore believes it is possible, and said he will do “whatever I have to do to get back.” He does not expect the injury to hinder his recruiting prospects. He has a long list of BCS schools that have shown interest in him, and has received offers from Syracuse and FAU.
“It won’t be a big factor to a lot of coaches because the technology is there to get you back on the field quickly,” he said.
The loss is a big blow for Lions (4-2), who lose their best player heading into a difficult stretch of games. King’s Academy plays Benjamin tomorrow, and then has a bye week before games against Glades Day and Inlet Grove.
“We have some good players on our team who will pick it up, but it’s certainly a setback,” Dobson said.
Moore, who also played tight end, said he is unsure if he will need surgery and still does not know the full extent of the injury. He plans to be at tomorrow’s game and will spend as much time as possible around the team during his recovery.
“Our team was pretty down about it and disappointed, but I’m trying to encourage them and keep them together,” Moore said.