MVSU loses QB, recruit for 2011 season - - Jackson, MS

MVSU loses QB, recruit for 2011 season

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Valley State starting quarterback Oliver Hughes and transfer defensive lineman Ronald Byrd will miss the 2011 season with torn ACLs.

Delta Devils coach Karl Morgan tells the Delta Democrat Times that Hughes was injured during a scrimmage last week. Morgan says Byrd, a transfer from South Carolina, had surgery last week after being injured in the team's first spring practice.

Morgan says both players will seek a medical redshirt and plan to return next year.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Byrd sat out the 2009 season at South Carolina after tearing an ACL during a team scrimmage. Morgan says he doesn't know if it was the same knee.

Hughes took over as quarterback in 2010 after Carl Davis was injured. Hughes threw for 1,172 yards and eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

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