NEW PORT RICHEY -- Heralded Gulf TE/DT Leon Orr, who fractured his leg in Week 2, will not return this season Bucs coach Jay Fulmer said Monday.
Orr visited a doctor today and the news wasn’t good.
“He needs surgery,” Fulmer said. “Apparently, it’s not healed.”
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior is a Florida Gators commit and Rivals.com top-100 national recruit. As a tight end, he’s both a devastating blocker and top-flight receiver. As a defensive tackle, he has the ability to dominate.
“He’s a one-man wrecking crew,” Fulmer said recently.
Orr hurt his ankle against River Ridge after attempting to catch a pass. Initial X-rays showed no breaks or cartilage damage, but a subsequent exam found that Orr's lower leg was fractured.
“He said it wasn’t the hit or the tackle,” Fulmer said. “He said a kid twisted his leg. He said the kid had a hold of his foot and he could feel him twisting on it.”
Fulmer had been hopeful for several weeks that Orr could return for Gulf’s two final games. The Bucs are 4-4, but only 2-4 without Orr.
“It’s a shame the kid never really had a chance to live up to his rankings,” Fulmer said. “I think this was the year he was going to be that guy that could really make that kind of noise and take over a game.”
Fulmer is keeping his fingers crossed the injury won’t jeopardize Orr’s future.
“I hope it’s not something that will cost him his scholarship,” Fulmer said. “I have to try to get some more details.”
--KEITH NIEBUHR (firstname.lastname@example.org)