By Jeremy Balan
Galileo standout senior running back Quincy Nelson will likely be sidelined for four weeks and maybe for the rest of the season due to a knee injury sustained in last week’s game against Marshall.
According to Galileo head coach Mark Huynh, the injury is to Nelson’s medial collateral ligament and he will have an MRI this week.
“He got hurt in the Marshall game, but finished the game on adrenaline,” Huynh said. “The MCL isn’t torn, but at this point, he’s probably going to be out for the season.”
With perfect circumstances, Nelson could be able to return for the Academic Athletic Association championship game on Thanksgiving, if the Lions advance to that point.
“He’s going to have four weeks without any physical activity and then he needs to get his body into shape,” Huynh said.
Nelson’s 1602 yards rushing ranks sixth in the state and his 21 rushing touchdowns rank ninth.
“”It’s going to hurt us a lot,” Huynh said. “We’ve averaged over 30 points [per game]. That’s going to come down for sure.”
While the immediate impact of Nelson’s absence will be on the Lions’ quest to repeat as AAA champions, what troubles Huynh most is how the injury will influence his potential to play football in college.
San Diego State, Sacramento State and UC Davis have expressed interest, according to Huynh.
This is the second major injury for a Galileo senior captain. The Lions lost linebacker Max Malloy earlier in the season against Burton, when he tore his ACL.