University of North Carolina senior fullback Devon Ramsay tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in Saturday's 42-10 victory over James Madison. Ramsay, a native of Red Bank, N.J., will undergo season-ending surgery next week at UNC Hospitals. Ramsay started last week and had an 18-yard reception. North Carolina will pursue a sixth-year of eligibility with the NCAA for Ramsay, who redshirted in 2007 with a shoulder injury.
The play Devon Ramsay was injured on was a case of another player rolling up on his leg and bending the knee the wrong way. It was one of those fluke football injuries which unfortunately happened to a guy who seeming has had nothing but tough breaks during his career in Chapel Hill.
According to UNC, Ramsay will appeal to the NCAA in an effort to get a sixth season which will be interesting to say the least. Ramsay already missed one full season due to injury and will miss a second for the same reason. While the NCAA is not keen on handing out sixth seasons, when a player loses two seasons to injury it is possible they would. What makes this situation worth noting is Ramsay was suspended permenantly by the NCAA and reinstated after an appeal. Now Ramsay will go back to the NCAA again to keep his college career going. If I were him, I would go ahead and retain Bob Orr, just in case.
With Ramsay out Curtis Byrd will fill in at fullback as he did much of last season.