NIU quarterback could have season-ending surgery


Redshirt quarterback Drew Hare rushes the ball downfield Oct. 18 against Miami.

By Scott Nicol

DeKALB | Redshirt senior quarterback Drew Hare will be sidelined for the majority of the season with an ankle and “back and side of the knee” injury, Head Coach Rod Carey said at today’s press conference.

“My heart is absolutely broken for [Hare],” Carey said.

Physicians said the injury may require surgery, which will end Hare’s season. Hare and his family are seeking a second opinion, Carey said.

The injury occurred in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against University of South Florida when a defensive lineman rolled over Hare’s ankle during a tackle.

Carey said no malicious intent was shown by the South Florida player and it was a play that led to an unfortunate injury.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Graham will be the starting quarterback for the Huskies home opener 2:30 p.m. Saturday against San Diego State University (2-0) as the team searches for their first win, Carey said.

Correction: The Northern Star reported in its headline that Hare suffered a season-ending injury. Hare will be out for the season if he chooses to have surgery.