The Richmond Register

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August 5, 2010

Injuries force Watts to give up football, Bradley’s status uncertain

RICHMOND — It appears that Cody Watts’ college career has come to an abrupt and unfortunate end.

When the Colonels took the field at Roy Kidd Stadium on Thursday night, the multi-talented senior was not in uniform.

Watts sat out spring practice and had hoped to return to the team, but series of debilitating injuries have forced him to leave the team.

“He had surgery and I don’t think (playing) was an option,” Eastern Kentucky University offensive coordinator Mike Springston said Thursday. “He would being playing if he could. It was a situation where it was in his best interest not to (play).”

Watts battled through a series of injuries the past two seasons. Still, last year he played in all 11 games and caught 41 passes for 483 yards (both of which were second on the team).

The senior started the first three games at quarterback before T.J. Pryor took over under center on Oct. 3 at Eastern Illinois. Watts completed 15-of-28 passes for 211 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

“He is the toughest kid I have ever been around and we miss him,” Springston said. “He had the injuries because he played so hard.”

Watts, a native of Powell, Tenn., finishes his college career with 303 rushing yards, 64 receptions for 869 yards, 364 yards passing and three passing touchdowns.

The other notable absence from the Colonels’ first practice was senior running back Aaron Bradley.

The Charlotte, N.C., native missed all of last season after injuring his knee in spring practice. He sat out most of this year’s spring practice and as of now, his status is not clear.

“I don’t know how far along he is,” Springston said. “He’s another one that leaves a big hole (in the line-up). I don’t know all the ends and outs of the situation.”

Bradley rushed for 188 yards and four touchdowns in 2008 and also had 13 receptions. If healthy, he was expected to be the Colonels’ starting running back heading into practice.

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