Illinois' Nixon-Youman sustains stomach injury

April, 30, 2009
4/30/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

You wouldn't normally put "torn stomach muscles" and "good news" in the same sentence, but it holds true for Illinois cornerback Patrick Nixon-Youman. 

The Illini freshman sustained torn stomach muscles during a scrimmage April 22 and had to be carted off the field. Team officials feared Nixon-Youman had sustained fractures in his hip or lower midsection, so the health report is promising.  

Head coach Ron Zook mentioned Nixon-Youman on his Twitter page this morning, writing, "Got some good news on Pat Nixon should be fine this young man. Has been through it. Think he will be exciting."

A heralded 2008 recruit, Nixon-Youman spent last fall improving his grades before getting clearance from the NCAA. He had shown promise this spring before the injury. 

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