It's official. Florida A&M's top offensive threat, senior halfback Chuck Duffey, is out for the season.
Duffey, who was FAMU's leading scorer and rusher last season and most of the current one, was injured early in the fourth quarter of Saturday's victory over Howard.
On one play, Duffey sustained a torn deltoid ligament in his right ankle, a fractured fibula and a tear in the membrane between the fibula and tibia. Although he was unavailable for comment Tuesday, Duffey said earlier this week that his chance for a pro career was finished.
"Words can't even describe how I feel," Duffey said. "It's very disappointing, especially since I was just starting to turn it on and play consistently."
Team trainer Rickey Hayes was a bit more optimistic.
"It will definitely hurt his stock, but I've seen cases where guys had injuries as bad as this and still manage to play in the pros," Hayes said.
FAMU coach Ken Riley said he will petition the NCAA to get Duffey a medical redshirt for this season but admitted Monday that Duffey's chances were not good because he already played in five games.
Now, Riley has to replace Duffey before FAMU meets Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference defending champion North Carolina A&T on Saturday in Orlando. Although Riley said he has plenty of talent to fill Duffey's shoes, look for former high school All-America redshirt freshman Frankie Wilkins to start Saturday. Wilkins ran for 78 yards two weeks ago against Tennessee State.
Bethune-Cookman: Coach Sylvester Collins was ousted from his office Monday, but it had nothing to do with the Wildcats' 0-4 start.
U.S. Sen. Al Gore took over Collins' quarters during a campaign stop at B-CC, while the lead half of the Democratic presidential ticket, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton, used the athletic director's office as a holding area.
It was a highlight in a dismal season for the Wildcats, who with a loss Saturday at Howard will tie the 1958 record for the school's worst start. B-CC is in the company of seven other Division I-AA schools searching for victory No. 1 in 1992. Boston University, Morehead State, Tennessee State, Prairie View A&M, Fordham University and Nichols State are 0-4, and Brown is 0-3.
UCF: The Moscow Bears got a lesson in gadget plays from Central Florida in Saturday's exhibition game. The Knights ran a reverse on the opening kickoff that resulted in an 80-yard touchdown return by Charles Alexander. UCF also used a pair of fake field goals and a halfback-option pass in the 43-6 romp.
The Knights are off Saturday, which means UCF (3-1) will go three weeks between real games by the time it plays host to Nichols State Oct. 17 in the Citrus Bowl.
_ Correspondent Sean Kernan contributed to this report.