Steve Kragthorpe confirmed the rumors today when he announced that starting sophomore free safety Latarrius Thomas is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Things didn't look good for Thomas, the first true freshman to ever start for Bobby Petrino, as he was carted off the field with a towel over his head last Thursday night. He will have surgery in a couple of weeks, and is expected to apply for a medical redshirt.
Thomas started the first two games, but had been splitting time with junior Richard Raglin who figures to start on Saturday. His injury should also lead to increased playing time for freshman C.J. Peake and sophomore Brandon Heath.
There's no doubt that this is a blow, but the good news is that there's more depth at the safety position than there is at corner, and the top four or five guys on the depth chart at safety all seem to possess comparable skills. We have to play Brandon Heath now. I don't know what he has or hasn't been doing at practice, but as long as he's healthy the kid has the ability to be a major boon to this struggling defense right now.
CC send its best wishes to LT for a successful surgery and subsequent recovery.