The second day of Kent State’s preseason practice was nearly complete when some late live action left Tyshon Goode lying face down on the turf at Dix Stadium, clutching the back of his left leg.
The rest of the team took a knee while trainers rushed over to the Golden Flashes senior receiver and spent several minutes accessing the situation. After about 10minutes, Goode was helped over to the sideline and then soon carted off the field.
“It’s going to be a day-to-day thing, being a high hamstring (injury),” Flashes second-year coach Darrell Hazell said. “He was jumping for a ball. What worries ya the most is that hamstring injuries for wide receivers typically aren’t good. Especially if you get it really good, it’s gonna take a few weeks.”
Hazell, a seven-year receivers coach at Ohio State prior to KSU, understands injuries are a part of the game, but it’s tough to absorb at a position already thin.
“You hate to see any of those players who’ve worked so hard for so many months go down, but he’s a tough kid and will work to get as quickly as he can,” Hazell said. “He’ll still be a leader for us; he just won’t be able to do it on the field for a little bit.”
If there was somewhat of a silver lining in losing the 6-foot, 180-pound Goode Saturday afternoon, it was the fact that the Flashes are just two days into preseason practice.
“At least it’s early,” said Hazell, whose squad opens the season Aug. 30 when it hosts Towson.