BYU notebook: Cougar tight end Richard Wilson lost for season with knee injury
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
PROVO — As injuries mounted Saturday in Corvallis, Ore., team trainers for both BYU and Oregon State kept busy.
On Monday, coach Bronco Mendenhall confirmed that tight end Richard Wilson suffered a season-ending knee injury against OSU and could undergo ACL surgery as early as today.
"It hurts because he's a good friend of mine," wide receiver Cody Hoffman said of Wilson. "I hate to see anyone go down for the rest of the season, even if it is a worst enemy, it's hard to hear."
Wilson caught seven passes for 130 yards this season. He caught his first career touchdown pass in the 29-16 win over San Jose State on Oct. 8.
Defensive linemen Hebron "Loni" Fangupo and Romney Fuga suffered leg injuries in the first half and are listed "day-to-day," Mendenhall said.
"They got beat up a little bit, but as far as I know, they're good to go," said D-lineman Matt Putnam. "I trust Loni and Romney to do what they need to do to get back on the field."
Linebacker Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah suffered a grade 3 MCL knee sprain, Mendenhall said.
Two other linebackers who were injured, Jordan Pendleton and Uona Kaveinga, are expected to play Saturday when BYU hosts Idaho State, according to Mendenhall.
How will all of the injuries affect how the Cougars practice this week?
"It might be one of those weeks where we don't go in pads at all and just try to get fresh bodies for Saturday," Mendenhall said. "It probably won't be a normal week."
Meanwhile, Oregon State announced Monday that defensive lineman Castro Masaniai, who broke his leg against BYU, is done for the season.
HOFFMAN'S HIGHLIGHT SHOW: Hoffman had a large group of friends and family travel from his hometown of Crescent City, Calif., to Corvallis.
Hoffman didn't disappoint, catching a career-high nine passes for a career-high 162 yards and a touchdown.
"It kind of took me back to high school," Hoffman said. "It felt good, knowing so many people came to support us as a team."
OSU had recruited Hoffman, which was a motivating factor for him.
"It definitely made me come in with a chip on my shoulder," he said.
Hoffman said he enjoys playing on the road. "I love playing on the road to feel the atmosphere and the other team's fans. But it's also nice to be able to know we have our own cheering section up there."
INDY PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: BYU quarterback Riley Nelson and linebacker Brandon Ogletree were named offensive and defensive independent players of the week, respectively.
Nelson completed 17-of-27 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 87 yards in leading the Cougars to a 38-28 win over Oregon State.
Ogletree forced three turnovers on each of OSU's first three possessions of the second half, recording an interception and two forced fumbles.
Navy placekicker Jon Teague earned special teams player of the week recognition.
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