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Why Isaac Rex’s season-ending ankle injury is even more heart-wrenching than you thought

Injured BYU star was scheduled to marry former Utah Valley volleyball standout Alexis Davies on Saturday, but because of the injury the wedding has been postponed

BYU tight end Isaac Rex is carted off the field after an injury during a game against USC in Los Angeles, Nov. 27, 2021.
BYU tight end Isaac Rex is carted off the field after an injury during a game against USC in Los Angeles, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.
Ashley Landis, Associated Press

Talk about adding insult — or inconvenience, at the very least — to injury.

The devastating ankle injury suffered by BYU tight end Isaac Rex during last Saturday’s 35-31 win over USC will force the postponement of his wedding this weekend, his father, Bryon Rex, told the Deseret News on Tuesday.

The younger Rex, the freshman All-American from San Clemente, California, had season-ending surgery Sunday night after sustaining the horrific injury at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

“He had surgery to put everything back in place and it went really well,” Byron Rex said in a text message. “Everything looks great. But they are postponing the wedding for now.”

The 6-foot-6 Isaac Rex is engaged to former Utah Valley University volleyball star Alexis Davies, a Murray High product who is 6-foot-2 and was once an All-WAC outside hitter.

“If it works out we will have some nice, tall, BYU children,” Rex said jokingly to the Deseret News a few months ago.

The third-year Cougar has maintained that positive outlook throughout this ordeal, which happened with about six minutes remaining in the first half when he caught a pass from Jaren Hall and landed awkwardly on his right leg in the back of the end zone.

It was apparent by the way his right ankle bent at a 90-degree angle that Rex has suffered a serious injury. He was eventually carted off the field, and gave the shaka sign with his right hand raised high above his head on his way out of the Coliseum.

Later in the game, after he scored a touchdown, BYU running back Tyler Allgeier flashed the number 83 with his hands in honor of Rex.

Rex posted a photo of himself giving a shaka sign from a hospital bed on his Instagram page on Sunday.

“Love this team man!,” he wrote. “So proud of all my brothers. …. Thank you for all the prayers! God is good and I’ll be back on the field in no time!”

Rex will clearly miss BYU’s bowl game in December and spring practices next March, according to his father. The Cougars are scheduled to open the 2022 season on Sept. 3 at South Florida.

Isaac Rex had 18 catches for 191 yards and three touchdowns this season. Last year, after taking over at starting tight end when Matt Bushman ruptured his Achilles tendon a few days before the opener, Rex finished with 37 catches for 429 yards and 12 touchdowns.

The 12 TDs tied Rex with Florida’s Kyle Pitts for most touchdown catches by a tight end in the country in 2020.