Injury Bug Bites UCF
George O'Leary (Bill Haber/AP)
George O'Leary (Bill Haber/AP)
Posted Apr 1, 2008

The Knights are less than a full week into spring practice and they have already suffered what appear to be two major injuries, as junior running back Phillip Smith and sophomore wide receiver A.J. Guyton have each sustained some serious trauma to their legs. While the extent of each injury hasn’t been released yet, there is a chance that both players might not see the field for some time.

Phillip Smith went down at Sunday’s practice with an injury to his left leg. It isn’t clear yet what the injury is, or to what extent he hurt whatever he hurt, but Smith couldn’t put pressure on his leg and had to be helped off the field.

A.J. Guyton apparently hurt his right knee during workouts prior to spring practice and is currently walking around with a brace and a crutch.

The Knights, who are losing both their starting quarterback and running back from last season’s Conference USA championship team, were relying on filling in some gaping holes in their offense this spring, but the injuries to both players will likely stall UCF’s attempt to figure out its offensive identity, at least until the summer.

Last season, both players had large roles with the team and figure to be intricate members this upcoming season. Phillip Smith was the second leading rusher on the roster behind Kevin Smith, who led the nation in rushing. As a freshman, Guyton accumulated 253 receiving yards in just seven games and was going to be a key target for whoever won the quarterback battle.

Although the injuries may or may not be serious (we will update you as soon as we ascertain the information,) the Knights were certainly relying on both players to be key cogs in the offense for the 2008 season, and this setback isn’t what UCF needs while trying to determine who will replace its offensive standouts from last year.

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