Surgery sidelines Bulls OL Zach Hudson
Incoming USF freshman OL Zach Hudson, a first-team Class 7A all-state pick at Sickles last season, will redshirt this fall after undergoing surgery Thursday to repair a torn right labrum, his dad said.
The surgery was Hudson's second in seven months. He played with a torn left labrum last season and had it mended in December.
"The labrum tear is kind of a slow healer, so they're gonna redshirt him and have him ready for spring practice," Hudson's dad, Rob, told the Tampa Bay Times on Thursday.
"At first it was a bummer and I think upon reflection, it was one of those things where, all right, it's probably the best course to get it looked after and have a year to get grounded and completely healed up and go at it."
The grandson of local prep football coaching legend Billy Turner, Hudson (6-foot-5, 285 pounds) spent the past two seasons as lead blocker for major Division I recruit Ray Ray McCloud, who tallied more than 3,600 rushing yards and nearly 40 touchdowns during that span. He initially committed to Missouri before switching to the Bulls in January.
Rob Hudson said his son had the option of playing through the injury as he did last season, but reached a mutual agreement with Bulls coaches that it was best to get the procedure "out of the way."
"Personally, I think a year to kind of get in there and get comfortable and get your grades going is good," Rob Hudson said.