North Carolina State loses starting FB to season-ending injury

October 20, 2012; College Park, MD, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack fullback Logan Winkles (44) celebrates his first half touchdown catch and run against the Maryland Terrapins at Byrd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina State Wolfpack have lost their starting fullback Logan Winkles for the second time in three years. Winkles, who tore his ACL in his left knee in 2010, suffered a torn ACL in his opposite knee during team drills.

The injury will obviously end Winkles’ season early. The injury happened during a Thursday practice last week.

“Logan has had a lot of injuries, so it’s unfortunate,” new Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren said. “It’s part of the game, our guys understand that. The next-man-in philosophy will take place right there.”

Winkles started five games for the Wolfpack a season ago and showed that he is a high-energy player that isn’t afraid of contact. He never contributed as a rusher in 2013, but he did haul in 10 passes for 90 yards and two touchdowns.

Without Winkles as the starting fullback, junior Tyler Purvis and freshman Quinton Patterson are the top options for North Carolina State.

There is also Winkles’ good friend, Ryan Cheek, who volunteered to move from linebacker to fullback to fill the void left by Winkles’ absence.

Topics: ACC Football, North Carolina State Wolfpack, Wins

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