Hawaii Standout To Miss Football Season
DB Matt Culver
DB Matt Culver

Posted Sep 17, 2002

Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game but it still doesn't make it easier to handle when someone goes down. It's especially tough when the player is a talented prospect like Matt Culver who was counting on a big senior season to help him garner a scholarship offer.

Culver, a 6-1, 185 pound safety from Honolulu (Hawaii) Punahou tore the ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of his senior season.

"It was in the first defensive series of our second pre-season game in August," Culver said. "The surgery went well and so has the physical therapy. My doctor is the team physician for the University of Hawaii Department of Athletic so I was in good hands.

"I've been working three days a week with a physical therapist. He has me on a very tough, demanding schedule to get me back to full recovery. In addition, I'm working out with our schools strength coach the other two days of the week.

"Although I won't be able to play the rest of this season, my main goal and focus is that I will be physically and mentally stronger than before the injury. I'm already able to walk without crutches and was able to walk out to midfield this past week as a team captain before our first league game."

Culver said he's still hearing from a number of Pac 10 and other Div I schools and is confident he'll be full strength in the next four to six months. The defensive back attended Nike Camps in Los Angeles (Calif.) and Eugene (Ore.) and looked very good at both. He's coming off of a junior season where he totaled 87 tackles, eight quarterback sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

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