Cougars Lose Josh Swogger For Final Five Games

Oct. 18, 2004

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Washington State University's starting quarterback Josh Swogger will be lost for the remainder of the season with a broken bone in his right foot, Cougar head football coach Bill Doba said Monday.

Tests Sunday revealed Swogger had a broken navicular bone, according to Bill Drake, assistant athletic director for athletic training services. WSU's medical personnel believe the injury may have started as a stress fracture and developed into a full fracture within the last week.

'Josh is a tough kid and it's an unfortunate injury,' said Doba. 'We are going to miss him not only for what he does for us on the field, but his leadership and presence, as well. Alex Brink will do a good job for us though. Gary Rogers will be the backup and for now we are keeping him on red alert.'

Swogger, a sophomore from Youngstown, Ohio, had started all six games this season for the 3-3 Cougars, completing 91 of his 193 passes for 1,283 yards. He had thrown 13 touchdown passes and seven interceptions.

'We need to finish strong and get to a bowl game,' Swogger said Monday. 'It's disappointing but I'm going to help out in anyway I can to make sure this season is successful. That probably means being a cheerleader and a coach for the rest of the season. In January, I will be back and start my rehab and start getting ready for next year.'

The Cougar quarterback's list of injuries this year included his right knee (posterior cruciate ligament), left shoulder (rotator cuff strain) and left ankle (contusion). Sunday an x-ray revealed the broken navicular bone, a bone in his foot.

Doba said Swogger will be replaced at quarterback by redshirt freshman Alex Brink, who has seen action in two early-season games. Brink's first start will be against the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis. He grew up 40 miles south of the OSU campus in Eugene, where he attended Sheldon High.

Brink, who redshirted last fall, has completed 13 of 25 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown. He has thrown one interception.

'I feel bad for Josh and what he has to go through in the upcoming months,' offered Brink. 'This isn't the way you picture coming in as the starter. I hope I can help get us on track and go out and get some wins.'

Drake says surgery is planned Friday and the normal recovery period would be three to six months, which would leave him questionable for spring practice. Drake also said an MRI is scheduled Tuesday and team physicians hope it will help understand the history of the injury.

MEDIA ONLY NOTE: Alex Brink will be available to the media Tuesday after practice. Contact the WSU Sports Information Office if you would like access during the teleconference call.

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