BYU linebacker Rocky Biegel will be sidelined from three to six weeks after undergoing minor surgery Sunday to repair a knee injury he suffered in Saturday's 36-20 win over Wyoming.
According to BYU trainer George Curtis, "It was the best scenario possible. There was minimal damage." Curtis had feared the injury might be worse, but an arthroscopy revealed only a stretched medial collateral ligament and a small cartilage tear."The arthroscopy was a relatively short procedure," said Curtis. "They evaluated the injury and did minimal trimming (of the torn cartilage)."
"It looks like Rocky will be out for a while," said BYU Coach LaVell Edwards. "That's our first major injury of the year."
Biegel, a sophomore, was the team's third leading defensive scorer heading into the Wyoming game, with 36 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks. He will be replaced by Dave Porter and Shad Hansen, who will rotate in and out of the game, depending on the defensive situation.
According to Edwards, Marc Neal, who was moved to outside linebacker during the off-season after seeing considerable action at inside linebacker last year, will be moved inside again.
Neither Hansen nor Porter was with the Cougars last year. Hansen is a true freshman (he attended the Air Force Academy prep school last year). Porter, a 255-pound sophomore, sat out of football the past couple of years.
The Cougars, who are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Western Athletic Conference play, meet Colorado State Saturday at noon in Fort Collins.