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OSU's William Cole tears knee ligament, will miss entire season

By Scott Wright Modified: August 16, 2008 at 12:23 am •  Published: August 16, 2008
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Cole's surgery should take place in the next five-to-seven days after swelling subsides. At that time, the full severity of the injury will be known. For now, Gundy anticipates Cole being back on the field in approximately five months.

Cole played but contributed little in his freshman season, after starting the year in the defensive backfield. He switched to receiver in mid-September and caught two passes. But since he did not use his redshirt year, Cole will have three years of eligibility remaining at the start of next season.

"It'll give him a chance to mature a little bit and work in the classroom,” Gundy said. "He'll still do a lot of upper-body strength and conditioning.”

In the case of a season-ending injury, it often becomes important to keep the injured player involved with the team to boost motivation and focus in the rehabilitation process.

"It's important that our team take good care of him right now,” Gundy said of Cole. "They're gonna have to keep him in the loop. His mental frame of mind was pretty good, but he'll go through a time in the next week or so when I'm sure he'll be a little depressed.

"We all have setbacks in life. That's part of what we do in college football. We learn how to handle adversity and find out our true colors in tough times.”