Per the player himself, Ohio State freshman linebacker Kyle Berger has torn his ACL again. An Ohio State spokesperson confirmed the news Tuesday and also verified that the ACL torn was the same one Berger injured in preseason before his final high school football season.
Berger was projected by many as a potential redshirt as he continued to work his way back from that much in the same way J.T. Barrett sat out last season after suffering an injury in high school.
Berger, a 6'3 215-pound Cleveland St. Ignatius product, was a four-star coming out of Northeast Ohio. He was the 157th ranked player overall, the 10th best linebacker, and the fifth best player from the state of Ohio, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
The news is certainly unwelcome to say the least, but Berger by all accounts appears to be approaching things with the requisite positive attitude:
Tore my ACL again... BUT ready for round 2!! let's get it @CoacMickMarotti #notdeadcantquit— Kyle Berger 4⃣4⃣ (@K_Bergs) August 11, 2014
Berger's roommate Stephen Collier reacted to the news as well:
I know my roommate and brother @K_Bergs is going to come back stronger than ever after this! #NotDeadCantQuit— Stephen Collier (@S13Collier) August 11, 2014
As did fellow 2014 classmate Dylan Thompson:
Prayers go out to @K_Bergs!! Don't worry man god has his plan and everything happens for a reason, now it's time to get swoll with your boy!— Dylan Thompson (@BRONCODE59) August 11, 2014
Best of luck to Berger as progresses through this latest setback. We're all looking forward to finally seeing him on the field.