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Dustin Garrison Undergoes Surgery Friday


Dustin Garrison will undergo surgery Friday to repair an injury that kept him from playing in West Virginia's Orange Bowl blowout earlier this month.

The freshman running back, who led the Mountaineers in rushing yards this season, suffered sprains in both his MCL and ACL during the team's first practice in Miami, Fla.

The non-contact injury left room for Shawne Alston to take the starting position in the bowl game and he capitalized on the opportunity with 77 yards and two scores for the Mountaineers.

Garrison finished the season with 742 and an impressive 5.5 yards per carry average. He found the end zone six times in his first year on the team, second only to Alston in rushing touchdowns.

Head coach Dana Holgorsen admitted in Miami that had they gotten Garrison more carries throughout the season, he likely would have eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark.

Garrison is one of three freshmen running backs to have competed for playing time throughout camp and in the first few weeks of the season before he ultimately distanced himself from the pack with a breakout performance against LSU in September.

A week later, given his first career start, Garrison put up 291 yards against Bowling Green – the best single game performance in Division-I all year. It was a freshman rushing record for the Mountaineers and just 46 yards shy of Kay Jay Harris's record 337-yard showing in 2004.

At the time of his injury, WVU released a statement that the rehabilitation process would last approximately six months. That timetable would suggest Garrison could be back to 100 percent in time for a portion of summer workouts and all of camp.

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