Kansas RB Lewis out for season

Since Gill took over, Jayhawks have lost six players to season-ending injuries or academic woes. Dave Miller

Print This August 23, 2010, 09:31 AM EST

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Kansas head coach Turner Gill confirmed Sunday evening that running back Rell Lewis will miss the entire 2010 season with an injured knee.

Lewis was hurt during a team scrimmage on Saturday, but the extent of the injury was unknown until late this past weekend.

“[Rell] damaged his knee and it is a pretty serious situation there,” Gill told It is a sad day for us and I feel sad for him as he was a guy in the hunt as far as battling for a starting spot.”

With Lewis out of the backfield equation, the obvious solution would be to move Toben Opurum back to running back from linebacker, right?

Well, Gill has no plans to make such a move.

“Toben (Opurum) is still set at linebacker. At this point and time we are going to keep him at the linebacker spot,” he said. “We think he can help us in that situation. He is not prepared to play at this point and time, but we think by game time he will have an opportunity to help us.”

Opurum led the Jayhawks in rushing last season with 554 yards.

So for now, 230-pound senior Angus Quigley and redshirt freshman Deshaun Sands will continue to vie for reps with promising freshmen James Sims and Brandon Bourbon. Quigley looks positioned for most of the carries, at least early in the season.

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