George Washington running back Ryan Switzer said he's "doing a lot better'' after sustaining a concussion and a shoulder injury in Friday's season-opening win at South Charleston.
Switzer, last year's Kennedy Award winner as the state's top player, suffered the injuries about midway into the first quarter when he fell hard along the GW sideline chasing an incomplete pass. He was later taken to the hospital for X-rays.
"I'm doing a little bit better today,'' Switzer said Saturday afternoon. "My head is doing a lot better. It's going to be day to day.
"I hope to be cleared in terms of the concussion to play next week, and I'll go have my shoulder evaluated on Monday. It's a little stiff, but I think it'll loosen up in the coming days.''
Switzer admitted that he blacked out when he hit the ground after being pushed by SC defender Trevond Reese.
"I really don't remember the hit,'' Switzer said. "I went down to the [GW fieldhouse] today and watched the game for the first time. I don't have any memory of it from last night. I saw it and it looked like I couldn't control myself coming down because of the speed I was running. He pushed me and after I landed, everything went black. The next thing I know, I'm waking up in my bed.''
Switzer actually played one more snap after that third-down incompletion. He went back out with his right arm obviously hanging and punted the ball away. Later, he could be seen walking the sideline, windmilling his right arm and shrugging his right shoulder. Soon after, he was taken to the hospital.
"That ground hit me pretty hard,'' Switzer said with a chuckle. "It was hard. On my first run, it looked like a fast surface, because I was moving.''
Switzer's first carry of the game went 63 yards for a touchdown. He had one more carry for 6 yards on the next series before the injury.
"I passed a concussion test [Friday] night,'' Switzer said. "They kept me out because I couldn't remember. I didn't know where I was. It was kind of scary for me because I've never had something like that happen.''
Switzer said he had a dislocated AC joint in his left shoulder over the summer, but no previous problems with the right shoulder.