Oct. 8, 2007
GREENVILLE, S.C -- Furman head football coach Bobby Lamb announced today that wide receiver/return specialist R.J. Webb has been sidelined for the remainder of the season with a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament sustained in the Paladins' 27-17 win over Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
The injury to his right knee, which occurred in fourth quarter action, was confirmed with an MRI test early Monday afternoon. Plans for surgery have yet to be finalized according to Furman head athletic trainer Phil Hedrick.
"This is a big blow to our football team," said Lamb in making the announcement prior to the Paladins' regularly scheduled Monday afternoon team meeting. "R.J. is one our best playmakers. That was evident in our game Saturday with his long punt return for a touchdown and in some big receptions he had through our first five games. We'll certainly miss him, but we have a number of other young players who we'll look to to step up. Injuries are part of the game, but with them also comes opportunity. That time is now for our other receivers."
Webb, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore from Pickens, S.C., is tied for the team lead with 23 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns. Against Wofford two weeks ago he recorded a 68-yard touchdown catch, and last Saturday versus Coastal Carolina, the former Pickens High School standout returned a first quarter punt 63 yards for a score to stake the Paladins to an early 7-0 lead.
In 2006 he caught a Furman freshman record 28 passes for 407 yards and a touchdown.