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Sperry tears ACL in left knee, out for season

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Medical tests confirm Colorado State
star Kory Sperry has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left
knee, ending the senior's season.

Surgery has not been scheduled. A timeline for recovery would
put him back on the field by next summer should he decide to return
next year and petition the NCAA for a medical hardship waiver.

Sperry, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end from Vineland, Colo.,
was injured in the first quarter of CSU's game against Cal on
Saturday. His three-touchdown performance in the opener against
Colorado earned him the John Mackey award as the national tight end
of the week.

It's the fourth straight season Colorado State has lost a key
player to a season-ending injury knee injury.

Last year, the Rams lost running back Kyle Bell to an ACL injury
during the final week of preseason practice. In 2005, it was safety
Ben Stratton who went down with a torn ACL in camp and in '04,
linebacker Eric Pauly tore an ACL against Utah late in the season.

At 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds, Sperry has the size, speed and
skills that make NFL scouts take notice. He scored three touchdowns
against Colorado in the opener.

Sperry, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound prospect, was hurt in the first quarter of the Rams' 34-28 loss
Saturday to California. He hopped off the field after a 6-yard
reception for a first down on CSU's first scoring drive.