On Monday, the Athletic Department issued game notes stating that backup RB Prince-Tyson Gulley injured his collar bone and was out of the season. They retracted the notes soon after, but Marrone admitted Wednesday that Tyson-Gulley’s evaluation did not go as well as the team had hoped, though the nature of the injury is still unknown ( a collar bone issue remains the speculation).
“Obviously it doesn’t look good.” Marrone said of Gulley’s status for Saturday in the Big East opener against Rutgers. “But it’s something we are going to sit on and wait until we play
The sophomore is coming off of a career-game against Toledo, notching 66 yards on 10 carries. The running game looked to be set with PTG as the change-of-pace option to starter Antwon Bailey before any news of an injury was released. Now, the running back situation could be a by-committee behind Bailey.
“If someone gets hurt, there’s always a depth chart so you have to be ready,” Marrone said later on.
The coach named his depth chart soon after, beginning with Bailey and Gulley. Marrone placed sophomore Jerome Smith third, followed by freshman Adonis Ameen-Moore and Steve Rene (soph.).
If any of the last three backs in the pecking order see anything more than the occasional carry behind Bailey, it will be their most extensive work of the season. Only Smith has a carry thus far, and it went for 0 yards.
Marrone also said that players who have been injured for more than one week – like DE Chandler Jones and DBs Shamarko Thomas and Orlando Fisher – currently sit “on the fence” as far as their chances of playing against Rutgers.