Onterrio Smith to Undergo Surgery Monday

Nov. 16, 2002

EUGENE - University of Oregon junior tailback Onterrio Smith will undergo arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair a slight cartilage tear in his left knee, forcing him to miss next Saturday's regular-season finale at Oregon State.

Smith, who has rushed for 1,079 yards in nine games this season, missed his second game in three weeks Saturday, with Oregon running for 130 yards in his absence in a 42-14 loss to Washington. He had run for 936 and 12 touchdowns through the first seven games of the year to rank sixth in the country in rushing (133.7 avg.) and 11th in scoring (10.3 avg.) before initially suffering the injury in a 44-33 setback to USC.

The Trojans snapped his personal string of rushing for over 100 yards in seven straight games before being held to only 79 yards by USC. He sat out the following week against Stanford before returning to run for 64 yards at Washington State a week ago.

He was plagued by a sore big toe on his right foot in practice this week and had hoped to delay the knee surgery until after the season.

Smith will undergo the surgery Monday at Eugene's Sacred Heart Medical Center and is expected to be able to return to practice in two to four weeks, which would make him ready to return in time for any post-season game.

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