After Saturday’s game, Collins praised Lee for his team-first attitude. Even as he lay on the ground in pain, Collins said, Lee was telling Collins how the line needed to be reshuffled in his absence.
“That’s a small thing, but shows how much these guys are invested in the program,” Collins said. “So even in a sad situation, and a very painful situation, he’s able to process and think about what’s best for the team.”
Lee’s father believed that his son will be able to return by spring practice of next year.
“He’s in real good spirits, laughing and clowning with us like he’s not down at all,” Terrence Lee said. “Good, strong-willed kid, knows what he wants. Even in the middle of adversity, he’s still going to find some way to get to his goals, so he’s determined to that.”
The loss of Lee further reduces what was already a thin offensive line. Without Lee and guard Mikey Minihan, who was injured in the South Florida game and was on the sidelines in a walking boot, the Jackets finished the game with walk-on Hamp Gibbs playing at right guard in his first-ever college game.