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R.I.P. 2007 Marshall Football Season

Marshall didn't have much of a chance this year anyway. Then comes this breaking story out of Huntington:

Marshall's football program suffered a devastating blow today, announcing that star defensive end Albert McClellan has been lost for the season with a knee injury.

"Albert has torn ligaments in his left knee that will require surgery," said Randy Burnside, MU assistant athletic director for media relations. "He will be sidelined for the season."

McClellan, 6-foot-2, 240-pound junior, had a breakout 2006 season, culminating in his selection as the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. The Lakeland, Fla., native also recently was named C-USA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the upcoming season.

Let's do the math here:

Pat White +
Steve Slaton +
Owen Schmitt +
Noel Devine +
Top DE Albert McClellan ACL injury =

Marshall fans in the fetal position by the 2nd quarter.

...OK, first quarter.

...OK, now.