Brandon Lloyd's fellow UI receivers will have to step up in his absence this fall.
July 13, 2000
Illinois head football coach Ron Turner announced today that sophomore wide receiver Brandon Lloyd suffered a broken left femur over the weekend and is expected to miss the entire 2000 season.
"This is a tough situation for Brandon," Turner said. "I feel bad for him since he had such a tremendous spring. We will definitely miss him because he's such a big-play guy. But we have several quality players at wide receiver and this gives someone else an opportunity to play. At this point, we expect he'll be ready to go next spring."
Lloyd was injured Friday night in a freak accident while jogging to catch up with some friends. He stepped off the sidewalk and caught his foot between a parking block and the sidewalk, causing his leg to twist. A pin was inserted in the bone to promote healing. Since Lloyd played as a true freshman in 1999, he retains a redshirt year giving him three years of eligibility beginning in 2001.
Lloyd caught 30 passes for 511 yards and two touchdowns last year, while throwing a touchdown pass to quarterback Kurt Kittner in Illinois' 63-21 win over Virginia in the Micronpc.com Bowl. Lloyd also competed for the Illinois track and field team in 2000, totaling 12 points at the Big Ten Indoor Championships with third-place finishes in the high jump and 60-meter hurdles.