Louisville wide receiver Michaelee Harris has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2012 season, head coach Charlie Strong said Friday morning.
Harris caught 37 passes for 455 yards and had a pair of touchdowns as a redshirt freshman in 2011, good for second-best on the team in all three categories. His 37 receptions were the third-most ever by a freshman at Louisville, and his 455 receiving yards the second most.
This marks the second ACL tear in eight months for Harris, and the fourth knee injury he's suffered since arriving at U of L just over two years ago.
Harris redshirted the 2010 season because of an MCL injury and then missed spring practice in 2011 after tearing the PCL in his other knee during winter workouts. He started all 12 games during the 2011 season before tearing his ACL prior to the Belk Bowl.
The ACL that Harris tore during practice on Thursday was not in the knee he had been rehabbing. Strong said the injury took place during a non-contact drill.
Obviously this is a big blow to the team, but any and all sympathy right now should be with Michaelee. He's fought back from three knee injuries already, and staring down the gauntlet of a second ACL rehab in less than a year has to be incredibly depressing.
Here's hoping we're discussing his remarkable recovery around this time next year.