Army running back Raymond Maples’ senior season looks like it will be cut to three games.
Coach Rich Ellerson said Monday that Maples may have suffered an additional injury during his rehab from a groin injury, which has sidelined him since the Stanford game on Sept. 14.
“There’s still something going on there that they haven’t quite diagnosed,” Ellerson said. “He had that setback and it doesn’t quite compute.”
Has Maples played his last game for Army? Could Maples appeal for a fifth-year of eligibility?
“Unless he doesn’t miss term, I don’t see that in the cards,” Ellerson said.
Army players in the past have been given an extra year due to injury but they have returned home for the spring semester of their senior year and graduated in following December.
Defensive tackle Mike Gann (2010), linebacker Kingsley Ehie (2011), senior linebacker Jarrett Mackey, who will graduate in December, and junior defensive end Bobby Kough, who is set for a Dec. 2014 graduation, are the most recent cases of Army players being granted a fifth year.
The Department of Defense also has a say in a player’s extra year, Ellerson said. In talking with Maples in the preseason, he seemed anxious to start his military career.
“It’s (a fifth year) not unheard of,” Ellerson said. “We are just not quite to the bottom of what’s going on with him. We were hoping to have him as early as Temple (Oct. 19). We are still trying to get our arms all the way around what’s going on there.”
Maples entered the season looking to become the second player in Army history to rush for three straight 1,000-yard season. He carried the ball 23 times for 123 yards in the first three games. Maples is currently sixth (2,612 yards) on Army’s all-time rushing list.
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