The bad news continued for the Virginia defensive secondary Thursday night when sophomore cornerback Darious Latimore announced that he’ll undergo ACL, MCL, and meniscus surgery on Friday. While there’s been no official word from UVA coach Bronco Mendenhall, it appears that Latimore will be lost for the season.
ACL, Meniscus, and MCL surgery tomorrow praying that everything goes well— Darious_Latimore (@inFAMOUS_1010) October 7, 2016
Virginia fans had high expectations for Latimore following a successful end to the 2015 campaign. The Lawrenceville, Georgia had interceptions against Miami and Duke last November and appeared in line for a starting spot in 2016. Latimore missed much of fall camp due to a suspension, however, and did not appear in any of UVA’s first five games. It’s unclear when he sustained his injury.
Latimore’s injury further depletes an already thin Cavalier defensive backfield. Last week, Mendenhall announced that senior cornerback Tim Harris would miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Sophomore Myles Robinson, who started at corner for Virginia’s first four games at corner, had surgery for an undisclosed injury on September 30. It’s unclear if Robinson will return this season.
Virginia’s remaining cornerbacks include sophomores Juan Thornhill and Kareem Gibson, true freshman Bryce Hall, and “nickelback” Kirk Garner. True freshman Nick Grant is also listed as a cornerback, but it appears he will redshirt. The unit has been stretched so thin that freshman wide receiver Joe Reed practiced at corner during the week leading up to UVA’s victory against Duke.
Virginia’s defensive secondary has shined recently despite the spate of injuries. The Cavaliers notched 5 interceptions against Duke, including two apiece by Thornhill and Hall. Even so, fans should keep their fingers crossed that the injury bug loses its appetite soon.