BRADENTON, Fla. – Miami Hurricanes recruit Artur Sitkowski was benched in the second quarter Friday night — sent to the sideline immediately after throwing his second interception.
IMG coach Kevin Wright said he took Sitkowski out due to a deep shoulder bruise.
“He got hit high, in the shoulder area,” Wright said. “It’s nothing serious — but serious enough that I didn’t want to risk him getting hurt anymore.”
A 6-4, 215-pound senior, Sitkowski is, by consensus, the No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the nation. But after completing just 5-of-13 passes for 10 yards, he was replaced by Zack Annexstad.
Sitkowski was picked off by Robert Hicks and Davonta Wilson, but Wright said the shoulder bruise likely contributed to those interceptions.
“He took a couple of shots early,” Wright said. “He got banged up to where I don’t think he could throw the football. He tried to play through it, but he wasn’t quite himself.”