Jarvis Byrd’s career at N.C. State appears to be over, as news broke today that the redshirt senior has suffered his third torn ACL. The oft-injured, nay CURSED Byrd also lost nine games of his junior season due to a thigh injury.
Byrd, a native of Pahokee, Florida, started three games at corner as a true freshman in 2009 before suffering his first ACL injury. He redshirted in 2010 while rehabbing the knee injury and was slated to start at corner in 2011 before his second ACL sabotaged him before the season even began. After the thigh-injury cost Byrd most of 2012, he moved from corner to safety this season and made 18 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and broke up a pass before his latest setback.
The new coaching staff has been effusive in their praise for Byrd, pointing out his skill as a leader and how much the senior appreciated the opportunity to play football after all he had been through. And that opportunity is taken from him…again. Given all of time he has missed with injury, Byrd would seem to have a case for a medical hardship waiver for an additional year of eligibility, but who knows if he even wants to go through this sick game again.
Dontae Johnson will presumably move from corner to safety, with Jack Tocho getting the start at corner. Tocho had a pair of interceptions last Saturday before he was banged up and left the game, though he is expected to be back for N.C. State’s trip to Tallahassee on October 26th.