EAST LANSING - Michigan State suffered a serious blow to its depth in the defensive secondary when sophomore Ross Weaver got tangled up on a play and suffered what appears to be a broken ankle.
Weaver will likely be lost for the season as the early prognosis is a three-to-five month recovery period. The former Southfield (MI) high school standout was expected to play often in the Spartans nickle and dime packages.
Head coach John L. Smith spoke about what the loss of the rising sophomore would mean to his team's depth. "Losing Ross Weaver for the year is a crucial blow for us, but that's football," Smith said.
"We didn't have a lot of depth there at cornerback to begin with, so those young guys are going to have to step up."
That means two freshmen from Florida, corner Roderick Jenrette from Tampa Chamberlain (HS) and Ashton Henderson of Tallahassee Lincoln (HS) could get a shot at some playing time. The Spartans also have sophomore Kendell Davis and junior Michael Bell, who might be pressed into service.
The Spartans will likely move to petition for a medical red-shirt waiver for Weaver which would allow him to return next year with sophomore eligibility.