Southern's rushing leader's return delayed

BATON ROUGE, La. -- A fracture in Gerald Holmes' lower right
leg will stall his return to play.
The injury is not considered serious, but coach Pete Richardson
said Holmes will "more than likely" be out a few more weeks.
Holmes injured his when he was hit by a helmet just before
halftime of the South Dakota State game Sept. 25.
Initially, the diagnosis was a deep bruise to the calf, but in
following up, the small fracture was discovered.
"I plan on coming back and not missing a beat," Holmes said.
"I know the plays like the back of my hand. You practice for
timing, but I've been here so long, everything is natural to me."
Holmes, Southern's rushing leader with 404 yards and two
touchdowns, is third in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in
total offense (115.0 yards per game) and second in rushing (101.0
yards per game). He started the season with three straight 100-yard
games and had 60 yards before leaving the SDSU game.
"We just have to go on," Richardson said. "Everybody's
fighting injuries and depth."
Jamaal Huff (73 yards on 20 carries, plus 113 yards and one
touchdown on 17 catches and a 55-yard TD pass) and Steel Adams (106
yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries) are the top two rushers
behind Holmes.