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Published: Sunday, 9/23/2012

Injuries start to accumulate

BY RYAN AUTULLO
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
UT's Alonzo Russell, 9, and Bernard Reedy, 1, celebrate Reedy's second-quarter touchdown catch against Coastal Carolina at the Glass Bowl. UT's Alonzo Russell, 9, and Bernard Reedy, 1, celebrate Reedy's second-quarter touchdown catch against Coastal Carolina at the Glass Bowl.
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Injuries on defense are beginning to pile up for the University of Toledo, a troubling development for a beleaguered unit whose top-line players have experienced troubles.

Two weeks after tackle Danny Farr went out with a knee injury at Wyoming, linebacker Robert Bell was helped off the field Saturday early in the second half against Coastal Carolina.

Also hurt was tackle Elijah Jones and running back David Fluellen. Jones, who was starting in place of Farr, returned to begin the second half but with a noticeable limp. Fluellen did not return after leaving in the second half.

Specifics of those injuries were not immediately known.

Playing in Bell's stead was redshirt freshman Trent Voss.

Getting an opportunity in the wake of the injury to Jones was true freshman Chris Collins. Collins, who is listed on the roster as an end but played tackle, made his college debut.

It is unknown how long Farr, who was on crutches, will be out. Coach Matt Campbell said last week he hoped to have him back by the end of the season.

Also, cornerback Byron Best was in street clothes after suffering a knee injury last week. He was replaced by Chris Dukes, whom Best bumped out of a starting role before the Bowling Green game.

Campbell said earlier in the week he did not expect Best's injury to cause him to miss extended time.

GREAT SCOTT: Cordale Scott, in his fifth season and at his second university, had not scored a touchdown until Saturday. The tight end who began his career at Illinois hauled in two TDs: On a 6-yard pass in the end zone in the first quarter and on a 7-yarder with 4:59 left in the game. He connected on both scores with Terrance Owens, his high school teammate at Cleveland Glenville. Scott, who caught three passes, now has six for the season, besting his career total of five entering the season.

VLAD SIGHTING: Linebacker Vladimir Emilien played for the first time since the 2010 season opener when he was a safety with the University of Michigan. Emilien, a junior who was beat out in the preseason by Junior Sylvestre, played extensively in the star -- hybrid -- role.

AWARDS: Multiple awards were presented, beginning with a game ball commemorated to Campbell for his first coaching win, which came in December over Air Force in the Military Bowl. Also presented were three trophies given for athletic department excellence -- the Cartwright Award, the MAC Academic Achievement Awards, and the Jacoby Trophy.

The Cartwright Award, given to the top athletic program in the Mid-American Conference as voted on by representatives of all schools, was announced last week.

Campbell chose to push his presentation back one week so he wasn't distracted prior to last week's rivalry game against Bowling Green.



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