BRADENTON, Fla. – Daniel Faalele, IMG Academy’s highly recruited 6-9, 390-pound offensive lineman from Australia, limped off the field Friday night with a sprained right ankle.
Faalele, who has offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and more, crumpled to the turf with 13 seconds left in the first quarter.
In obvious pain, Faalele angrily swatted at the turf with his right hand. He remained on the ground for several minutes before he limped off the field and was carted to the locker room.
Faalele never returned and may miss a couple of games.
“He was feeling better,” IMG coach Kevin Wright said. “But, at halftime, the swelling got pretty bad.”
Wright said IMG lost another offensive lineman to injury — Rueben Unue – and had to make adjustments.
“We put Charles Turner, who was playing tight end, on the offensive line,” Wright said. “We had to switch his jersey (to make eligible for the line).”