Injury to Purdue's leading receiver appears to be season-ending


While there’s been no official word yet from the school — other than a decidedly pessimistic prognosis — it appears Purdue will lose wide receiver Keith Smith for the remainder of the 2010 season.

Speaking to the West Lafayette Journal & Courier, Smith’s high school coach indicated that, from his conversations with the receiver, his former player suffered very significant damage to his knee over the weekend, damage that all but ends the fifth-year senior’s season.

He told me it was the ACL and MCL,” Kenneth Gray, head coach at Shoemaker High School in Fort Hood, Texas, told the Journal & Courier. “He tried to stiff arm one guy and his foot was planted and somebody hit him.”

Smith, who suffered the knee injury in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win over Western Illinois, also told his former coach that, on Tuesday, he would begin rehab on the knee before undergoing surgery to repair the ligaments.

Smith’s 18 receptions in less than two games tops the Boilermakers, and he’s currently tied for fourth in the nation in receptions per game.