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Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014
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Tampa Catholic star receiver Craig out with broken fibula


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— Tampa Catholic junior wide receiver Nate Craig, one of the nation’s top college prospects, will miss at least three weeks with a broken fibula, head coach Mike Gregory said Sunday.

Late Saturday, Craig, an Auburn commit rated the No. 1 junior in America by Rivals.com, tweeted he had a broken fibula. He sustained the injury Friday during a season-opening 23-6 loss against Madison County.

In the first quarter, Gregory said a Madison County defender landed on Craig’s leg. Craig spent the remainder of the game on the sideline with what appeared to be a sprained ankle.

“He will get re-evaluated on Tuesday, but as of right now it looks like he’ll be out a minimum of two to three weeks,” Gregory said. “We will just have to adjust. Our offense was never a one-man show, so we’ll make some adjustments and we should be OK.”

Tampa Catholic plays at 2013 state runner-up Clearwater Central Catholic on Friday, hosts Tarpon Springs on Sept. 12 and hits the road for the Class 3A-District 4 opener at Fort Meade on Sept. 19.

“It’s just a minor setback for a major comeback,” Craig said Sunday.

The five-star player who has already received an invitation to play in the 2016 Under Armour All-American game transferred to Tampa Catholic from Pasco High in January. During his two years at Pasco, Craig had 37 catches for 502 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Craig missed four games last season at Pasco due to a severe ankle sprain. Despite missing those four games, he was still selected to the MaxPreps.com sophomore All-American first team as a defensive back.

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