STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Toilolo, who earned the starting spot for No. 25 Stanford's opener against Sacramento State on Saturday, was hurt during the game's second play. He caught a 27-yard pass from Andrew Luck and was hit with a helmet to his knee.
"It's really unfortunate," Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday. "He had prepared so well for the year and risen to the starting job. I feel sickened by it. I wanted to give him a hug after he said, 'It's OK, Coach, I'll be back.'"
Toilolo walked gingerly off the field after the play, but an MRI on Sunday confirmed the tear.
Toilolo was considered one of the top five tight end recruits nationally out of Helix Charter High in La Mesa. Despite sitting out his freshman season, he beat out Konrad Reuland, a transfer from Notre Dame, and junior Coby Fleener to top the depth chart.
Reuland has appeared in 22 games, 12 at Stanford, including three starts. Fleener has participated in 25 games with the Cardinal, also starting three games. One of them will likely replace Toilolo in the starting lineup.