October 15, 2007

Poles has career-ending injury

Ryan Poles' college career ended without thunder, without a crashing hit, without someone rolling over his foot.

"It just popped on him," Jeff Jagodzinski said Sunday, talking about the torn Achilles tendon that ends Poles' season - and his college career.

He was slated to have surgery Monday.

Without him, the offensive line, which has been a work in progress all season, will continue to be a point of discussion - for a 7-0 team that is now No. 3 in the AP poll, No. 2 in the Coaches' poll. Asked Sunday if he's comfortable with what he has in line to handle the load, Jags said, "You know what - if we were five-deep I would be comfortable. I don't think you can enough of those guys, but we'll be OK.

"If a guy goes down, the next guy's gotta go on, that's just the way the game is played."

This week, Jagodzinski will work with the line, also trying to clear up all those penalties taken Saturday. Gosder Cherilus won't get much of a shot at the NFL if he has any more days like the one he had in South Bend. Jags said the crowd noise could have had something to do with the false starts.

The news on Kevin Challenger was better - his ankle injury doesn't appear to be serious, and the extra time before next Thursday night's game at Virginia Tech will help.

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