Final Season Cut Short for Kansas Commit

Michael Cummings, QB, Killeen High

Kansas QB commit Michael Cummings (Killeen High) will be watching the remainder of his final season from the sidelines after tearing the meniscus in his right knee in last week's 42-28 loss to Stephenville High. Cummings said doctors performed surgery on the meniscus Monday, only to discover another injury in the process.

Doctors found that he had also torn his ACL, which calls for a second surgery in December, he said.

Cummings said the meniscus recovery would have only been a month, but he does not know how long he will be out for ACL recovery.

When asked how the injury occurred, Cummings said, "Tried to juke. Made a move, my foot got stuck in the turf, and I just went down."

"It was the first quarter, third play of the second drive."

On top of that, "Our starting center (Chase Anderson) got pulled, too. Dislocated his knee cap."

Cummings said Anderson should be back next week.

Though frustrated he will not be returning to the gridiron this season, Cummings says he will continue to be a leader from the sidelines.

Cummings traveled with his Killeen Kangaroos to San Angelo last night, rooting them on as they bounced back from last week's loss, clinching a District 8-4A playoff spot after shutting out Lake View High, 46-0.

"I lost my voice," he laughed.

When asked how the Kansas coaching staff responded to news of the injury, Cummings said, "They just wished me a speedy recovery, so I can get up there and go to work."

According to the Killeen Daily Herald, in seven games this season, Cummings was 62-of-128 for 1,167 yards and 10 touchdowns with five interceptions. He missed a non-district game with a minor ankle injury, the first game he missed since being named the starter in spring 2008.

The 'Roos will now ride the shoulders of backup QB- either sophomore Devarri McCray or senior Quinton House- as they prepare for postseason.

Killeen closes the regular season Thursday, hosting 9-0 Midway High of Waco, Texas.

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