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Murray Set For Surgery, Plant Set To Start Ely
Posted Oct 17, 2008 by Katherine Smith
Updated Oct 17, 2008 at 07:45 AM
As the Tampa Tribune was first to report, Plant quarterback Aaron Murray broke his left fibula in Thursday night’s victory against Hillsborough.
The injury will require surgery in the next couple of days once the swelling goes down, Plant coach Robert Weiner said. That means the Phillip Ely era officially begins at Plant.
The sophomore quarterback took over for Murray after he went down near the end of the second quarter. Ely promptly marched the Panthers down the field where they kicked a field goal to take a 10-point lead. Ely finsihed the game with 165 yards and one touchdown. Ely had been taking over for Murray in the second half of most of the games this season, but now in Murray’s absence, he becomes the full-time starter.
““This is definitely premature with what we wanted to do, but it’s something that he’s going to have to be ready for quickly,” Weiner said. “Phillip’s a very mature kid. He’ll approach the challenge with the kind of excitement that he needs.”