Oct. 10, 2001
PULLMAN, Wash. - Dave Minnich, Washington State's top running back who has rushed for 598 yards in five games this season, will be sidelined two to four weeks following arthroscopic surgery Wednesday at Pullman Memorial Hospital.
Minnich, a senior, was injured in last Saturday's 34-27 win over Oregon State. According to Bill Drake, WSU's head athletic trainer, Minnich had a cartilage tear repaired in his right knee. At the same time orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Ed Tingstad treated an old osteochondral injury to the lower femur that was aggravated Saturday when the cartilage tear occurred.
WSU head coach Mike Price said freshman Allan Thompson would probably replace Minnich in the starting lineup, but added freshman Jim Wilson, senior John Tippins and sophomore Lavell Anderson would also see action Saturday when 5-0 WSU takes on 3-0 Stanford at Stanford.
Minnich had the best game of his two-year Cougar career against Oregon State, rushing 34 times for 195 yards. He also caught one touchdown pass, threw a touchdown pass, made two tackles and forced a fumble.
"Losing Dave is a big blow to this team, as much for his leadership as his ability to run and catch the football," Price said. "However, this team has responded well when other players have been injured and I expect them to respond to Dave's absence just as we have done all year."