June 28, 2002
Clemson, SC – Clemson sophomore wide receiver Roscoe Crosby had surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday, June 25th and will miss the entire 2002 football season. Crosby will return to Clemson for summer school in July, then sit out the 2002 football season while taking classes at Clemson. Clemson wide receivers coach Rick Stockstill spoke with Crosby this week.
Because he did not red-shirt as a freshman, Crosby will not lose a year of eligibility and can return to the gridiron for the 2003 season as a red-shirt sophomore. Crosby first suffered the injury during his senior year of high school while playing baseball. The native of Union is also a professional baseball player with the Kansas City Royals organization. Crosby could return to his baseball career next May.
Crosby had surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, commonly known as “Tommy John Surgery”. The surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL. Crosby will remain in Birmingham for a short time before returning to Clemson to work on his rehabilitation and come to summer school in July.
Crosby set a Clemson record for reception and reception yards by a first year freshman last year when he had 27 receptions for 465 yards and four scores. He averaged 17.2 yards per reception, third best in the ACC. He had an injured plagued first half of the year, but came on strong the last half of the season. He had 6-139 and two scores against Duke in the regular season finale, and was named ACC Rookie of the Week. He then had four catches for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Humanitarian Bowl victory over Louisiana Tech.
“We are certainly going to miss Roscoe’s contributions on the field this fall,” said Head Coach Tommy Bowden. “He was really coming on strong at the end of last year and showing everyone what he could do when he was healthy.
“This was not a surprise, we knew he had some problems with his elbow. Our training staff will work with him on his rehabilitation this coming academic year and do what ever we can to get him back to 100 percent health.”
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