Friday, November 15, 2013

Kabongo Bukasa overcomes injury to finish season

Sr LB Kabongo Bukasa
Beyond the Boundaries by Mitch Rupert
There's still flashes of greatness. Like quick snapshots to remind you that Kabongo Bukasa is still Kabongo Bukasa.

There was a diving fourth-down play he made two weeks ago at King's to knock away a pass, giving the ball back to Lycoming's offense. There was a leaping interception over the middle of the field against Delaware Valley which ended and Aggies drive in the red zone.

There have been moments when Bukasa, the Warriors' middle linebacker provides a reminder why he's the conference's reigning defensive player of the year. Maybe they don't come as often as they have in the past, but there's a reason for that.

Since preseason camp Bukasa has been playing hurt. But it's not the usual aches and pains which come through the course of a football season. It's an injury which nearly derailed his season before it ever began.

The tendon connecting his hamstring to the back of his knee ruptured from the bone during the first week of practice in a non-contact drill. On the surface it sounds catastrophic, athletically.

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