The injury bug continues to bite Khayree Connors-McChristian.
The Gannon senior safety missed today’s rivalry game against Mercyhurst after breaking two bones in his lower left leg at Wednesday’s practice.
The Lakers won 38-29.
“I broke my fibula and tibia,” he said at today’s game. “I’m done.”
Connors-McChristian was a medical redshirt in 2010 after breaking his right forearm in Week 3 against Millersville.
This season, Connors-McChristian was leading Gannon in tackles with 55 total stops before getting injured in practice. Gannon practices in the mornings and it was raining.
“I was blocking someone and someone rolled under me, right into my leg,” he said. “I caught the turf and it just snapped.”
A Sicklerville, N.J. native, Connors-McChristian watched the game from the sidelines in a wheelchair. He was greeted by numerous fans there.
“I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason,” he said. “Unfortunately, since I’ve been here, it happened to me six times. Six years. Six times. We all have our path and this is part of my path. Unfortunate, but greater things will come from it, I believe.”
“My friends always tell me I have a positive attitude about everything so this is one of those things I got to have a positive attitude. Otherwise I’ll be just in the dark sleeping somewhere and miserable.”
True freshman Matt Astorino, an General McLane graduate and younger brother of former Penn State safety Drew Astorino, started in Connors-McChristian’s place. He ha five total tackles.
“I told him just go out there and play fearless,” Connors-McChristian said. “Take care of what coach taught you. Do everything coach taught you.”
– Duane Rankin