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October 15, 2013

Jarvis Byrd to miss rest of season



NC State announced this afternoon via twitter that fifth-year safety Jarvis Byrd would miss the remainder of the 2013 campaign with the third torn ACL of his career.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pounder moved from his original position, cornerback, to free safety this past spring and started the team's first five games of the season on the back line. He totaled 18 tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and forced two fumbles, while he served as a team captain against Richmond.

Byrd, who was also a member of the team's Leadership Council, was injured in the team's game at Wake Forest on Oct. 5.

"Jarvis is a true champion," head coach Dave Doeren said. "This team and staff love him as a brother and respect him as a leader. It is so unfortunate that a player like Jarvis, who has been through two other ACL surgeries, has to endure another. I know that he will have a tremendous attitude and will use all the support available to him to have a healthy recovery."

Byrd earned a starting job as a true freshman cornerback in 2009 before he suffered his first torn ACL in a win over North Carolina. The native of Pahokee, Fla., missed the 2010 season as he rehabbed, but was projected to return to the starting lineup before he tore his ACL once again in the summer of 2011. He returned last year to appear in four games as he battled other injuries.

Currently in his NCSU career, Byrd has played in 14 games with eight starts and totaled 35 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass break-up and three forced fumbles.

NC State moved senior Dontae Johnson to safety and slid true freshman cornerback Jack Tocho into Johnson's spot on the edge to compensate for Byrd's injury last Saturday before Tocho went down with an injury after he snared two interceptions.


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