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Thursday, August 9, 2012 - Page updated at 10:00 p.m.
UW's Deontae Cooper to miss season
By Bob Condotta
Seattle Times staff reporter
The comeback of Washington sophomore running back Deontae Cooper has suffered another devastating setback.
Washington said late Wednesday night that Cooper had suffered another ACL injury to his right knee while participating in a noncontact drill during practice and will miss the season.
It is the third ACL injury he has suffered since enrolling at UW in the spring of 2010, regarded at the time as one of the key signees in the first full recruiting class for coach Steve Sarkisian. Cooper was the second-leading rusher in the state of California in 2009. The previous two injuries were to his left knee. He first was injured in August 2010 while being tackled in a scrimmage, and was injured again in the summer of 2011 during a noncontact conditioning drill.
Coach Steve Sarkisian said he was "saddened and dismayed" to learn of the injury.
Cooper had spoken optimistically after Monday's practice about competing for time at tailback for the Huskies this season while saying he also was being cautious.
"I'm just going to take it day by day," he said. "You never know. I don't want to say anything. You never know what can happen. I want to stay positive but I don't want to get hopes up."
He also said then that he planned to keep trying even if he suffered more setbacks.
"Until the doctors tell me I can't play, if I tear my ACL five more times I will keep going," he said. "So it is what it is."
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