By Alex Byington
Killeen Daily Herald
Devon Hocutt believes he's broken his last tackle in high school.
While he's expected to get a final opinion from a specialist today in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the outlook doesn't look good for the bruising Ellison fullback.
Suffering a partial tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early in the first quarter of the Eagles' 37-35 win over Waco High, Hocutt said he's now focusing on Texas Tech.
The 6-foot, 250-pounder committed to the Red Raiders as a linebacker/athlete in March.
"It sucks because I see my friends practicing and I want to be in there, but now I'm dealing with my future," Hocutt said Tuesday. "It's not only about high school anymore, it's about my future."
This is the first major injury for Hocutt, who said he actually walked off the field after the injury occurred.
"I was on the way to scoring my next touchdown and I stopped to juke a few yards away from the end zone and when I planted my foot, a kid from Waco hits my knee and it pops right and I go left," Hocutt said.
But, after receiving attention on the sideline, Hocutt said he collapsed once he left the trainers table because the knee had already become swollen.
Wearing a brace that immobilizes the knee, Hocutt is already working toward getting back on the field if doctors say he could potentially play later this season.
"I'm going to be careful, very cautious - I'm going to build it up as much as possible," Hocutt said, adding he's already dropped from 268 pounds to just under 250 at his last appointment.
Through two games this season, Hocutt rushed for 222 yards on 51 carries and three touchdowns - all of which came in the season-opening loss to Killeen.
With Hocutt likely gone for the season, more of the load will be on his best friend - Ellison tailback David Cobb, who already has 436 yards and five touchdowns.
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