Lucky's condition fair; 'illicit' drugs, alcohol not a factor

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska running back Marlon Lucky was in
fair condition Tuesday with an undisclosed problem, though his
family said his hospitalization was not caused by alcohol or
"illicit drugs."

Lucky's health has been shrouded in mystery since he was taken
to BryanLGH Medical Center West on Sunday night. The Lincoln
Journal Star reported that Lucky was unconscious when rescue
workers arrived at the apartment he shares with teammate Jordan

Lucky's family issued a statement through the NU athletic
department that did not address why emergency personnel were called
to his off-campus apartment.

"Marlon's condition continues to improve. He has been removed
from the intensive care unit, and his condition has been upgraded
to fair," the family said. "We would like to make it clear that
Marlon's medical emergency did not come about as a result of the
use of alcohol or any illicit drugs."

Lucky, from North Hollywood, Calif., was slowed by a back injury
and shared playing time with three other I-backs as a sophomore in
2006. He started six games and was the team's second-leading
rusher, with 728 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught 32 passes
for 383 yards. He averaged 19.1 yards on eight kickoff returns.