Big Ten News: Purdue WR Smith, OSU safety Barnett out for season

Indiana’s in-state rival got a win last week, but also lost its most decorated offensive player for the season.

Purdue coach Danny Hope confirmed on the Big Ten conference call that senior wide receiver Keith Smith is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee. Smith was an All-Big Ten pick last year, grabbing 91 receptions for 1,100 yards and six touchdowns. He had 18 receptions for 123 yards already this season.

“He was one of our best players, one of the best players in the country at his position, so it’s a tough setback when you lose that quality of a player,” Hope said on the Big Ten teleconference. “You lose his presence on the field, but he can still help us a bunch from a leadership standpoint.

“It’s a big loss, and the team’s very upset about it.”

Hope says he feels good about his depth at wide receiver, including converted quarterback Justin Siller, who has seven receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown already. But says Smith still can’t be individually replaced.

“We have some guys that we can go to,” Hope said. “But none of those guys can do what Keith Smith has done.”

In other conference injury news, Ohio State safety C.J. Barnett, a true sophomore, is out for the season with a knee injury. He had moved into a starting spot in front of injured Orhian Johnson.

“We really hate to lose him,” Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said, “because I thought he was playing very physical and he was really starting to learn the game.”

3 comments

  1. I feel bad for Smith but not for PU…the loss of this kid just might save Lynch’s job and IU’s season…half kidding!

  2. I do hate to see a young person suffer through something like this. I’m sure all his plans begin and end in NFL.

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