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Michigan RB Fargas to miss '99 season

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Posted: Tuesday March 16, 1999 12:12 AM

  With the promising Fargas gone for the season, Michigan will look for incoming freshmen to produce at running back. Vincent Laforet/Allsport

DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan running back Justin Fargas, who rushed for 277 yards as a freshman before breaking his leg against Wisconsin last season, will miss the 1999 season after undergoing surgery last week.

Fargas underwent surgery at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial in Valencia, Calif., while home for spring break, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported in its Tuesday editions.

"The positive thing is it will amount to a redshirt year, that's all," Carr told The Detroit News in a story Tuesday.

During the surgery, two plates were inserted to replace a metal plate that stabilized the broken tibia and fibula in his lower right leg.

Fargas, who rushed for 120 yards on 31 carries against Northwestern, broke the leg just above the ankle in the final minute of the Wisconsin game on Nov. 14.

He will be on crutches for three months before he can begin rehabilitation, The Detroit News reported.

"He had to have the surgery redone, which eliminates him from playing next year," Carr said. "The rehab was set back, and the doctors feel it would be best for him to sit out the season."

Leading rusher Anthony Thomas will be back for his junior season. The Wolverines also have Walter Cross, who played sparingly last season as freshman. Among the incoming freshmen are Charles Drake of Los Angeles and Brent Cummings of Belding, Mich.

"Every year we've relied on some freshmen to play a role, and fortunately we've recruited some good backs," Carr said. Fargas' absence "is just going to mean there is going to be more opportunity there."

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