Southern's rushing leader's return delayed

Updated: October 6, 2004, 6:40 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A fracture in Gerald Holmes' lower right leg will stall his return to play.

The injury is not considered serious, but coach Pete Richardson said Holmes will "more than likely" be out a few more weeks.

Holmes injured his when he was hit by a helmet just before halftime of the South Dakota State game Sept. 25.

Initially, the diagnosis was a deep bruise to the calf, but in following up, the small fracture was discovered.

"I plan on coming back and not missing a beat," Holmes said. "I know the plays like the back of my hand. You practice for timing, but I've been here so long, everything is natural to me."

Holmes, Southern's rushing leader with 404 yards and two touchdowns, is third in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in total offense (115.0 yards per game) and second in rushing (101.0 yards per game). He started the season with three straight 100-yard games and had 60 yards before leaving the SDSU game.

"We just have to go on," Richardson said. "Everybody's fighting injuries and depth."

Jamaal Huff (73 yards on 20 carries, plus 113 yards and one touchdown on 17 catches and a 55-yard TD pass) and Steel Adams (106 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries) are the top two rushers behind Holmes.

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