Tahlequah Daily Press

NSU Sports

September 20, 2013

Rockmore reeling

NSU running back to miss game against Washburn.


Joel Rockmore was well on his way to another stellar season. Northeastern State’s junior running back — coming off a 1,000-yard rushing campaign as a sophomore — was already averaging 122 yards a contest in 2013.

That hit a snag on Thursday.

NSU head coach Kenny Evans revealed that Rockmore would miss the RiverHawks’ game against Washburn on Saturday — and possibly the rest of the season.

Rockmore went for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests earlier in the week, and it was discovered that Rockmore had a slight tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Knowing that, Evans ruled Rockmore out this week with the Ichabods set to invade Tahlequah on Saturday at 6 p.m. Beyond this weekend, though, Evans is unsure of how they’ll move forward with Rockmore.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do,” Evans said. “Rockmore is really hurt and a little bit in denial, but we have to do what’s best for his future.”

The ultimate decision on Rockmore — a Fort Worth, Texas, native — could be made early next week.

“We will have it reexamined again this weekend,” Evans said of Rockmore’s gimpy knee. “At that time, we’ll make the final decision — surgery or no surgery — and decide what’s best at that point.”

Taking Rockmore’s spot in the starting rotation will be Terrance Dixon, a 5-foot-10, 189-pound junior tailback from Sand Springs who started four games in 2012 and finished the season with 354 yards on 75 carries.

“Terrance has started before and has been very reliable,” Evans said.

Dixon ran the ball 13 times for 35 yards in NSU’s loss to Missouri Southern last week. Dixon logged the majority of the time at running back after Rockmore hobbled to the sidelines with an apparent injury in the third quarter.

Backing up Dixon will be Ashdon Perry and Steven Hopper, who started the season at strong safety. Evans said he also anticipates Chavez Wyatt, a freshman out of Douglass High School, getting time at running back once he is healthy.

Rockmore’s injury comes on the heels of starting quarterback Johnny Deaton fracturing his fibula in the RiverrHawks’ season-opening game at Pittsburg State.

Text Only
NSU Sports

Do you believe marijuana should be legalized in Oklahoma?

Absolutely not.
No, but it should be decriminalized.
Yes, but only for medicinal purposes.
Yes, both for medicinal and recreational purposes.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong