COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State walk-on Tyson Gentry, who
seriously injured his neck during practice last week, underwent a
second surgery Monday.
"If he doesn't know by now, everybody out there -- all 100-plus guys -- are behind him."
Buckeyes QB Troy Smith
Coach Jim Tressel declined to discuss the severity of the injury
or prognosis, saying Gentry's situation was a "day-by-day process."
"He came through that well," Tressel said of the latest
surgery. "He and the family certainly appreciate everyone's
thoughts and prayers."
Gentry, a sophomore, is a 6-foot-2, 165-pounder who walked on as
a punter the past two years and this spring was also seeing action
as a wide receiver. During Friday's practice at Ohio Stadium, he
was running across the middle when he was hit by freshman defensive
back Kurt Coleman. The hit seemed routine, according to several
players, but Gentry landed awkwardly.
His family rushed from their home in Sandusky to see him at the
Ohio State University Medical Center, where he underwent surgery
Friday. The family requested that no details of his condition be
"Ty is alert and in good spirits," his father, Bob Gentry, who
played for Ohio State in the mid-1970s, said in a statement.
Tressel ended practice after the injury and gave the players the
rest of the weekend off. They reported back to campus and were
updated by the coaching staff on Gentry's situation early Monday
"If he doesn't know by now, everybody out there -- all 100-plus
guys -- are behind him," starting quarterback Troy Smith said. "We
just want him to recover as well and as soon and as fast as
Linebacker Marcus Freeman said he was told that at first Gentry
did not feel anything from his head down but that some feeling
returned by the time the ambulance arrived at the stadium.
"It's tough just seeing what happened," backup quarterback
Todd Boeckman said. "You don't want to see a player go down like
that. We're definitely feeling for him -- our whole team is."
Gentry is a psychology major who attended Perkins High School.
"Tyson has been a player, ever since he's gotten here, who been
pretty much friends with everybody," Smith said.
Smith said the coaches told the team that doctors were concerned
about infections after surgery.
Tressel urged Ohio State fans to send letters and cards to the
hospital to Gentry's attention.
"I'm sure he would appreciate that and his family certainly
would," Tressel said.