HUNTINGTON - Marshall likely has lost an important reserve in its defensive corps with the knee injury of Evan McKelvey.
McKelvey injured his left knee while covering a kickoff last weekend in the Thundering Herd's 27-24 loss to Ohio. As he was helped off the field, he put no weight on the knee.
The injury is believed to be a torn anterior cruciate ligament. During his weekly press conference Tuesday, coach Doc Holliday wasn't optimistic on the prognosis for the sophomore from Moncks Corner, S.C.
"He's got to get an MRI, but it doesn't look good for McKelvey," Holliday said. "He won't play this week for sure, and I would guess he may be finished up for the season. Which is a shame, because he was starting to mature and come along."
The injury interrupts a promising season for McKelvey, who was moved from safety to linebacker during preseason camp. Backing up Devin Arrington at weak-side linebacker, McKelvey had 14 tackles, 11/2 for loss.
His teammates and position coach noticed him picking up the new position quickly.
"Man, man, that's a big hurt to the team," Arrington said. "Because he was a great special-teams guy, and he was in the rotation. If I got winded, he'd come in. He played a lot of ball the first two games."
Said Chris Rippon, defensive coordinator who also tutors linebackers: "He's going to be a good player. He was on his way to being a good player this year. It's a tough break - you'd like to think positively that he's going to be able to mature mentally in the system, stay with us, and be ready to go again in the springtime and be a major factor next year.
"It's tough for him, because he was starting to play with confidence, he was in the games, big-time in special teams two weeks ago."