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Houston running back Alton McCaskill tears ACL, 2022 season in doubt

Houston running back Alton McCaskill suffered a torn ACL during a non-contact drill in practice, putting his availability for the 2022 college football season in doubt.

"It is absolutely painful for me to share with my Houston family, friends, and Coogs to say that I have torn my ACL," McCaskill said on social media.

"I am 100% dedicated to do everything I need to come back stronger and better than ever. To my teammates, coaches, and trainers, we got this. Let's be champions."

ACL recoveries average eight to nine months, though there are cases where players are able to return after as soon as six months rehab.

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McCaskill was crucial in Houston's effort to be AAC champions a year ago. He led the team with 961 yards as a freshman, and his 16 rushing touchdowns were the second most among all players in the conference, behind Cincinnati's Jerome Ford.

Houston went 12-2 a year ago and played for the AAC title against Cincinnati, losing to the Bearcats, who went to the College Football Playoff.

AAC coaches named McCaskill as the conference's rookie of the year and he earned second-team All-AAC honors.

McCaskill was ranked as the No. 419 overall prospect a year ago by the 247Sports recruiting service, which named him a three-star player.

Now with McCaskill out of the picture, Houston will turn to Ta'Zhawn Henry to spearhead its rushing effort. A transfer from Texas Tech, Henry rushed for 524 yards and seven touchdowns for the Cougars in the 2021 season.

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