The Louisville Cardinals enter the 2013 season under huge expectations to at least win the American Athletic Conference title, if not play for the BCS national championship. Yes, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will play a large part in it, but this is a team. Coach Charlie Strong is going to need all of players in peak condition in order to win, each and every week.
Unfortunately, the status of starting defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin is currently up in the air for the Cardinals’ Week 1 game against Ohio. The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Mauldin was on his moped, returning to his dorm from an early-morning practice. At that point, he was hit by a sedan, which quickly left the scene, according to University spokesman John Drees (via the Huffington Post).
Luckily, athletic department spokesman Rocco Gasparro reports that Mauldin is “alert and responsive” as of writing. He was taken to Jewish Hospital for treatment and may be released as early as Wednesday.
Strong called that “good news,” but also added that Mauldin’s release will not be his decision.
“That’s going to be the doctor’s call, that’s not my call. We’ll be able to get him back out here and then just see how it goes after tomorrow. … It won’t be a distraction because we have enough players ready to go play.”
Mauldin recorded a career-high 22 tackles during Louisville’s run to a Sugar Bowl win over Florida. He led the team with 4.5 sacks and recorded 6.5 tackles for a loss.
In his absence, junior B.J. Dubose is ready to step up and into the starting role. Dubose recorded 15 tackles in seven games and four starts in 2012.
This sounds like the type of freak accident that not even a Kentucky fan would want to see at their rival school. Everyone here at Gamedayr is wishing Mauldin a healthy and fast recovery.
And that the man who hit young Mauldin and then fled the scene is found.
*UPDATE* 11:25 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28
ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reports that Mauldin was released from the hospital on Wednesday morning and is not suffering from any serious injuries. Whether or not he will play this week will be determined closer to game time.
[H/T: Bush League Chronicle]