Backup QB Schulz out for the season with ACL tear
After Houston stretched the lead last Saturday, 52-7, over Texas State, head coach Tom Herman decided to switch quarterbacks late in the third and let back up Adam Schulz control the offense. During Schulz second drive, he went down with an injury after attempting to rush for a first down.
During his press conference today, Herman announced that an MRI showed a tear in Schulz’s ACL and will have surgery to repair it in the coming weeks.
“I hate that for him. Ever since he’s arrived here in January, he’s done everything that we have asked from him and more,” Herman said.
“(He’s) an extremely dedicated worker and a great elder statesman, if you will. He has been around college football for a very long time and has been a good leader and mentor.”
Herman said he still plans to have Schulz traveling with the team and in the meeting room to provide leadership to the quarterbacks.
“The only thing he did was go from player Schulz to coach Schulz,” Herman said.
Herman said the injury to Schulz moves sophomore Kyle Postma, who was playing wide receiver this season, back to the quarterback position.
“It’s a shame because we’re not too deep there,” Herman said.
Backing up junior wide receiver Demarcus Ayers will now be sophomore Donald Gage who Herman said is continuing to make very small steps at improvement, but improvement nonetheless.
Donald Gage was out for the 2014 season due his own ACL injury, but Herman said it’s his commitment to understanding the offense that is hurting his improvement.
Herman also plans to rep Ryan Jackson in case any further injuries occur to the offense.
“He’s not going to learn the full offensive page but enough to where, if Demarcus breaks a shoelace or is banged up for any reason,” Herman said, “that we can put him in, and he is capable of doing some things off the perimeter.”