BYU’s secondary suffered a blow as starting cornerback Chris Wilcox will be out for the season with a “lower leg fracture.” Coach Sitake said that the injury will not require surgery.
“It’s a lower-leg fracture, he’s out for the season,” Coach Sitake said. “It was unfortunate, just a play that I wish didn’t happen because he’s playing so well right now. It’s not an injury that requires surgery but he’ll be out even for a bowl game with the timing it will take for it to heal. He’s a starter for us, but we have a lot of young guys that need to step up. This is an opportunity for those young freshmen cornerbacks to step up and play.”
After going through ups during his first two seasons, Wilcox has become a reliable corner during his junior year. Wilcox is sixth on the team with 28 tackles and has arguably been BYU’s best cover guy this season. Despite the young guys playing well behind him, this is no doubt a big blow to BYU’s secondary.
Wilcox suffered the injury midway through the Boise State game and was replaced by redshirt freshman D’Angelo Mandell. Mandell has played in all 9 games this year and has seen significant reps behind starters Chris Wilcox and Michael Shelton.
Kalani Sitake and Ilaisa Tuiaki both stated that Mandell will be the starting right cornerback in place of Wilcox. Freshmen Keenan Ellis, Isaiah Herron and Malik Moore have all played this season and will now be asked to do more with Wilcox out for the year.
Here’s to a quick and speedy recovery for Chris!