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Eric Peterson, Published September 12 2013

Dragons freshman QB Carr out for the rest of the season

Moorhead - Dragons quarterback Demetrius Carr showed a glimpse of his talent in his college debut, passing for 369 yards last Saturday.

That is the final game action that the Minnesota State Moorhead true freshman will see this fall.

Carr is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his left foot. He is slated to have surgery today.

“It is especially tough on him,” Dragons head coach Steve Laqua said. “He had his hopes set high on what he could do in the coming weeks.”

The Dragons have their home opener set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Alex Nemzek Stadium where they will play host to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe Southwest Minnesota State.

Sophomore Jake Hodge will start in place of Carr. Hodge started eight games for the Dragons last fall.

“It sucks,” Hodge said. “He had a great first game. It’s tough for him.”

The 6-foot-2, 227-pound Carr completed 30 of 45 passes for 369 yards and four touchdowns in MSUM’s season-opening loss at Augustana. His lone blemish was an interception, which came on his first collegiate play.

Carr was at practice on Thursday with a walking boot on his left foot.

“I still want to be out here supporting my teammates, letting them know that I’m still here and I have faith in them,” said Carr, who is from Naperville, Ill.

After the surgery, Carr expects to spend two weeks on crutches and then another four weeks in a walking boot. After that, he said he will have two weeks of rehab.

“Taking the news at first was very tough,” Carr said.

The one positive, Carr said, is that the injury happened early in the season. That will likely allow Carr to receive a medical redshirt so he can maintain four years of eligibility.

“I will be a lot better in my fifth year than my first year,” Carr said.

“I think there’s a bright future in front of him,” Laqua added.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Hodge is set to run the team in the present. He passed for 1,423 yards and six touchdowns during his freshman season, playing in nine games.

“I have to come in with the mindset that I know what I’m doing,” said Hodge, who is from Kasson, Minn. “I’ve been here before. It’s my team again.”

The Dragons will also be without one of their top running backs against the Mustangs. Sophomore Zayne Medhaug, who is from Wahpeton, N.D., is expected to miss at least a month with a knee injury.

“We have to stay positive and battle the ups and downs,” Hodge said.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found at peterson.areavoices.com