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Buffalo RB James Potts suffers potentially serious injury while celebrating (Video)

Typically when players suffer injuries while celebrating we bash them for not using caution and acting recklessly. While that is true much of the time, it was not the case with Buffalo University backup running back James Potts.

During Saturday’s game against Morgan State, Potts scored on a 49-yard touchdown run and broke into a slight gallop and a hop. As you can see from the video above, he instantly grabbed for his knee.

“The James Potts situation right now is we’re getting a full workup on him and unfortunately it doesn’t look good at this point,” Buffalo head coach Jeff Quinn told The Buffalo News on Monday. “I know we’ll be losing him for the next game (Sept. 19 against visiting Kent State) and maybe multiple games and potentially, who knows, it may be the whole season.”

Potts has battled back from missing last season due to academic issues, and the touchdown was only his second touch at the college level. When we see guys go down because they’re hopping over railings or jumping up and down, we usually take the “what do you expect?” stance. What happened to Potts is bad luck at its finest.

UPDATE: Buffalo’s student newspaper confirmed that Potts has a torn ACL and is out for the season.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Turner Gill Gets Emotional After MAC Win

I don’t know much about Buffalo’s football history. I don’t know when the program was established, who their alumni are, to what conference they belong or have belonged, or if/when they’ve ever had success. All I’ve ever known about Buffalo is that they sucked. Buffalo for the last 10 years or so was perennially the worst team in college football. They probably caught my attention in ’99 when they went 0-11. Over the next several years, they went 10-58, never having more than a three-win season. Finally in ’06 they decided to make a coaching change and go with Turner Gill who doubled the previous years’ win total in his first season by going 2-10. Last year in Gill’s second season, they went 5-7, getting a handful of conference wins.

This season everything came together and the Bulls went 8-5, winning the MAC East by going 5-3 in conference play. They earned the right to play undefeated Ball State in the conference title game and upset the Cardinals 42-24 on Friday night. What Gill has done with the program in only three years is remarkable. It’s proof he can bring instant success to a program and really make a difference. Sustaining success over the years is no easy thing, nor is winning consistently in an extremely tough conference, such as the SEC. But if you want to comprehend how tough it is to take the worst team in all Division-I football and make it a winner in only your third year, all you have to do is watch Gill’s post-game interview on the field after the MAC Championship win on Friday night. Skip ahead to the 1:55 mark.

Nebraska might not have felt that Gill was ready for their job when they had an opening prior to Pelini’s hire, and they could be right. But after seeing what he’s done with Buffalo, I’d have a tough time not turning the reigns of any program over to him. What a turnaround.