Breitenstein expected to play despite injury
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
Wofford fullback Eric Breitenstein is expected to play Saturday at Appalachian State despite suffering a high ankle sprain in a loss to Georgia Southern the previous week.
Breitenstein, the former Watauga standout running back, injured his ankle in a 17-9 loss to Georgia Southern on Oct. 14. He left the game after gaining 103 yards.
“I think he’ll be fine,” Wofford coach Mike Ayers said on the weekly Southern Conference teleconference call. “He’s been doing the treatment and he’s in a boot right now, but hopefully he’ll get to practice in the latter part of the week. He’s been doing what he’s been doing for the last four-and-a-half years, so he knows the game plan. We have to get him healthy.”
Breitenstein leads the Southern Conference in rushing with 995 yards and second in rushing touchdowns with nine. He’s is fourth in the conference in scoring with 54 points.
“He’s a good player,” Ayers said. “God blessed him with good size, quickness and good speed. He’s got great vision and balance.”
The Terriers come into the game looking to bring back two other players on defense. Linebacker Mike Niam (knee) and defensive end Josh Roseborough (hip) did not play against Georgia Southern, but Ayers thought both would make the trip to Boone.
All-conference tackle Calvin Cantrell suffered a concussion at Georgia Southern and is not expected to play against Appalachian State.
“We have your typical bumps and bruises,” Ayers said. “We went down there without our starting defensive end and Mike Niam did not play as well.”