Rumors lit up social media among football fans this week with claims that a serious leg injury Wednesday would sideline Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North, a former Lumberton High School quarterback, for the rest of the season.
Don’t believe everything you hear. The injury appears to be minor and North is expected to recover quickly, according to Volunteer sports information staff.
Despite conflicting reports, Kellen Hiser of Tennessee sports media relations talked with The Robesonian on Thursday and confirmed the accuracy of an ESPN online article quoting Volunteer head coach Butch Jones, who said he expected North back at practice within a few days.
FOX Sports corroborated this, citing an apparently different unidentied source with essentially the same account. This source characterized claims that North was seriously injured as false speculation and said he would be out of commission for no more than a week.
North, a junior who graduated from Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte, played first for Lumberton High School before relocating to Mecklenburg County. He was all-county at quarterback for the Pirates, but switched to wide receiver for the Mavericks when he moved to Charlotte.
During the 2014 season, North caught 30 passes for 320 yards and four touchdowns for the Volunteers.
Tennessee opens Sept. 5 in Nashville against Bowling Green.
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