South Florida's Mompremier moving arms, legs after being airlifted to hospital

Updated: September 20, 2008, 9:57 PM ET
Associated Press

MIAMI -- South Florida linebacker Brouce Mompremier was airlifted to a hospital after a frightening collision during the third quarter of the Bulls' game at FIU on Saturday.

He was expected to remain hospitalized overnight for tests and observation, but was regaining movement in his arms and legs. South Florida officials said Mompremier -- a Miami native who had family at the stadium for his homecoming -- was experiencing tingling in his neck and shoulders, and doctors at the stadium originally feared he suffered a spinal injury.

"I was going for the ball. He was going for the hit. His helmet hit my hip," said South Florida safety Carlton Williams, who was also shaken up on the play. "I was devastated -- but I felt better once I heard he was OK."

Mompremier got hurt with 6:43 left in the third quarter, remaining on the turf for about 20 minutes. Players from both teams met at midfield, kneeling for moment of prayer before Mompremier was driven off the field.

"He's a fierce competitor," USF linebacker Kion Wilson said. "I saw he didn't want to stay down, but as a safety precaution he was told to stay down."

Mompremier is a starter for the 12th-ranked Bulls.

"Good news," said FIU coach Mario Cristobal, who tried to lure Mompremier to Rutgers several years ago. "He's a great young man."

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