Ty Detmer, the Brigham Young University quarterback who separated both shoulders during a 65-14 Holiday Bowl loss to Texas A&M, said Monday he will be in top condition for the start of the 1991 season.
Detmer said he will miss spring training, but will be at full speed for the Cougars' season opener Aug. 29 in the Pigskin Classic against Florida State.The Heisman Trophy winner was in Fort Worth to receive the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top collegiate quarterback.
"I should be ready just after the spring. I'm going to throw all summer, and I'll be ready when the season starts. Our last two losses to Hawaii and A&M left a bad taste in my mouth," he said.
BYU coach Lavell Edwards, who was on hand for the Davey O'Brien ceremony, said he doesn't think Detmer's missing spring practice will hurt the Cougars next year.
"We just made up our mind not to use him this spring, and we'll work in our younger players," Edwards said. "It was unusual that Ty separated both shoulders in the same game, but we believe he will bounce back and be OK."
Detmer, winner of the Heisman Trophy last season, has broken 42 NCAA passing records and tied 5.
He was born in San Marcos, Texas, and became the leading high school passer in Texas history while playing at a San Antonio team coached by his father, Sonny Detmer.
His career total of 11,000 passing yards at BYU ranks him second on the all-time list. Last season, he became the most prolific passer in the history of college football by throwing for 5,188 yards.
Detmer received a $10,000 scholarship check in honor of BYU at the 14th annual awards dinner, which was held at the Fort Worth Club.
Runner-up Craig Erickson of the University of Miami was unable to attend the ceremony because of a knee injury he suffered during practice at the Hula Bowl.