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BOYS' BASKETBALL: Tigers' Cosby to miss 3-6 weeks

November 28, 2012
Bardstown High School

BOYS' BASKETBALL: Tigers' Cosby to miss 3-6 weeks 

Senior played entire football season with hernias

By Peter W. Zubaty, Sports Editor

Senior Marcus Cosby, one of Bardstown’s top returnees and a key contributor since his freshman season, will be out indefinitely after undergoing hernia surgery last week.

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Bardstown's Marcus Cosby, right, will miss the first few weeks of the basketball season after undergoing hernia surgery last week.
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“Unfortunately, I had to play the whole football season with three hernias,” Cosby said. “It was tough, but I had to be there for my teammates.”

Cosby, who has been the Tigers’ sixth man in basketball the past two seasons, said he had two hernias in his groin area and one in his abdomen. Despite that, Cosby led the 10-2 football Tigers in receptions and receiving yards by a wide margin and was a key contributor on defense and special teams, also leading the squad in interceptions while rarely leaving the field.

An amazing feat for anyone at full strength, let alone Cosby’s condition, Tiger football coach David Clark said.

“It sums up his entire career at Bardstown,” Clark said. “He’s a very quiet, steady leader. … We’ll never really know how hurt he was, because he never really told us.”

Clark said Cosby’s career receiving totals have him near the top in school history. He finished this season with 40 catches for more than 600 yards and six touchdowns.

Bardstown boys’ basketball coach James “Boo” Brewer said Cosby’s absence will be a tough one to deal with for a squad returning just one starter in senior Devonte Grundy from last year’s region runner-up.

“He brings a lot to the table for this team,” Brewer said. “It’s going to be hard.”

Cosby said it was tough to work through the pain.

“Ice and therapy,” he said. “I just had to keep my mind focused.”

Cosby said he’s expected to miss three to six weeks, depending upon how he deals with the pain. He said he’s not looking forward to being out of the lineup in the early part of the hoops season.

“Hopefully it’ll be quicker than expected,” he said of his time off. “It’s going to hurt me a lot, but I’m supporting my team.”

Brewer said the silver lining to Cosby’s injury is that the Tigers can dip into their bench and develop some younger players for the future. Still, with a demanding schedule before New Year’s and a slate of three key district games after returning from the Christmas holiday, Brewer would rather Cosby’s return come sooner than later.

“He knows we need him,” he said.

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