Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

USF's Mompremier reflects on scary collision

TAMPA — USF linebacker Brouce Mompremier, sidelined since suffering a serious neck injury Sept. 20 against Florida International, said Monday that he could not feel his arms or legs for a few minutes on the field after a violent collision.

"It was the scariest thing I could ever imagine," Mompremier said. "It was terrifying. I tried to get up and I couldn't feel anything. Being like that for probably like five minutes, everything raced through my mind. I'm thinking. 'How would I live my life like this?' The only thing I could move was my head and my neck."

Mompremier, a senior from Miami, regained feeling and movement in his arms and legs before being moved to Jackson Memorial Hospital. He said feeling pain and a pins-and-needles sensation in his arms and legs was a welcome change from the uncertainty of feeling nothing.

"When it started to come back, I started feeling the pain, but at that time, I was glad for the pain," Mompremier, 22, said.

Steve Walz, USF's assistant athletic director for sports medicine, said Mompremier suffered a neuropraxia, or short-term paralysis caused by a concussion or shock to the spinal cord that does not come with any long-term symptoms. "It comes and goes away quickly," Walz said.

Mompremier has shown encouraging progress, and though he won't play Thursday against Pittsburgh, he hopes to practice next week, with an eye on playing at home Oct. 18 against Syracuse.

"(A team doctor) told me I'm no more at risk than any other guy on the field," he said. "That was a pretty good thing for me to hear because it gives me confidence to go back out there. The whole thing I'm thinking about is how am I going to tackle? Am I going to change my approach? Is my head going to be way behind my body? I probably forgot how to tackle. I have to get back to the basics, so hopefully the game hasn't gotten far away from me."

USF's Mompremier reflects on scary collision 09/29/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 29, 2008 11:24pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

    Florida’s Brady Singer, delivering during a CWS win over Louisville last week, is scheduled to start tonight against LSU.
  2. Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

    TV and Radio

    tom jones' two cents

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) makes a run home for a score in the in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'


    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

  4. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.