PROVO, Utah - What was supposed to be a big senior season for Seaside graduate Ben Archibald has been put on hold.
Archibald, a senior offensive lineman for the Brigham Young University football team, suffered a broken leg in a Friday morning practice and will miss the entire season.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ben and his wife," BYU head coach Gary Crowton said. "It's hard to see these great young men go down with an injury, especially one like this. However, Ben is in good spirits, and is in excellent care."
Archibald suffered a mid-shaft compound fracture to both his fibia and tibia in his left leg during Friday morning's practice. According to BYU head trainer George Curtis, Archibald will miss the remainder of the season.
A Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy Award candidate, Archibald was taken by ambulance to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center following the injury.
According to Curtis, Archibald was in surgery for 21/2 hours Friday afternoon. Orthopedic specialists cleaned the wound caused by the compound fracture, and inserted a rod to help stabilize and repair the bone. Concerned with possible infection, Curtis said Archibald is likely to be hospitalized until early this week.
Following the injury, the team gathered on the sidelines to pray. After Archibald was taken from the field, Crowton gathered the team and canceled the remainder of the morning practice session.
"It's hard to see a teammate go down," Crowton said. "This is a tight group of guys, and I felt it would be best to get them in the locker room."