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Louisville’s already thin running-back ranks suffered a maj

September 23, 1985

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Louisville’s already thin running-back ranks suffered a major blow with the loss of Craig Swabek for the year, coach Howard Schnellenberger said Monday.

Swabek, a 5-foot-9, 190-pound freshman from Lake Worth, Fla., tore a tendon from the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot in Saturday’s 23-14 victory over Western Kentucky.

He will be in a cast for six weeks, then undergo rehabilitation therapy, and ″most likely be out for the rest of the season,″ said Schnellenberger.

″We were very pleased with his progress. He produced more each game,″ Schnellenberger sad during his weekly news conference. ″The loss will hurt us very badly. He was to the point where he could have moved into a starting position very shortly.″

Swabek was the team’s second leading rusher after three games with 111 yards on seven carries. He was fourth in pass receiving yardage with 89 yards on five catches, including one for a touchdown.

″It puts our backfield in a very bad position,″ starting Saturday against Houston, Schnellenberger said.

The loss of Swabek, who played tailback and fullback, leaves Louisville with seven backs.

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