Louisiana Tech Top Rusher Will Miss Game Against Virginia

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Louisiana Tech head coach Sonny Dykes announced on his weekly radio show Monday that running back Tevin King will miss the remainder of the 2012 season due to a knee injury.

King sustained a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the Bulldogs 52-24 win at Illinois on Sept. 24.

The freshman from Moultrie, Ga. led the Western Athletic Conference with an average of 117.67 rushing yards per game and five rushing touchdowns.

He was ranked eighth nationally in rushing, tied for 17th nationally in scoring and 29th nationally in all-purpose yardage (138.67 per game), leading the WAC in that category as well.

"Somebody else will have to step up and that is just the way this game is played," Dykes said early Monday at his weekly press conference before King's status was fully known. "Everybody goes through injuries. There are going to be injuries this year to players, and you hate it for the players and you hate it for our team. But, it is an opportunity for somebody else to make an impact on our program."

The Bulldogs (3-0) are averaging over 50 points per game this year, and even without King, the Louisiana Tech offense has UVA's attention.

Sophomore linebacker D.J. Hill says, "They're a pretty good team, the numbers speak for themselves. They're Top-20 in offense. They're kind of similar to TCU, a spread team. They put up good numbers. They're a good team like we play week in and week out. Not too much different."

The Bulldogs defense has forced nine fumbles this year

Sophomore running back Khalek Shepherd says, "I feel in our offense to keep up with any offense or go up against any defense, so we just see this week as we're going to prepare hard like we have been the last four weeks."

UVA will host Louisiana Tech Saturday at 3:30 at Scott Stadium.