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Injuries Lead to Personnel Changes

PROVO -- After losing offensive lineman Ben Archibald to a season-ending injury, as well as reserve corner Todd Barker to a shoulder injury, BYU coaches have made some adjustments in both the offensive and defensive rosters.

Jake Kuresa, a 6-foot-4, 330-pound freshman, was moved from the defensive line to fill a reserve roll along the offensive line. Head coach Gary Crowton said he would move senior lineman Isaac Herring to right tackle.

Travonne Jackson, who had been switched from cornerback to running back shortly after two-a-days began, returned to his defensive position after playing for more than a week at running back. Barker suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on Thursday, separating his surgically-repaired shoulder. His vacancy necessitated Jackson's move back to corner.


According to BYU head trainer George Curtis, Archibald was in surgery for two and a half hours Friday afternoon. He said orthopedic specialists Dr. Kirt Kimball and Dr. Devon Nelson cleaned the wound caused by the compound fracture, and inserted a rod to help stabilize and repair the bone. Concerned with possible infection, Curtis said Archibald is likely to be hospitalized until early next week.


The team will practice at LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday, beginning at 9:45 a.m. At noon, the team will remain at the stadium and will participate in the "Watermelon Bust", the annual meet-the-team day, sponsored by the Cougar Club. Tomorrow afternoon, the team will again practice at 4:45 p.m. at the practice fields.