By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Tupelo running back Ashton Shumpert will be sidelined three to four weeks after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower leg, Golden Wave coach David Bradberry said following Thursday’s practice.
Shumpert, a junior who rushed for 1,328 yards and scored 15 touchdowns last season, suffered the injury on his first carry in the Aug. 12 scrimmage against Pontotoc.
“It changes a lot of what we do because of his capabilities,” Bradberry said. “It’s a tremendous blow to our offense.
“Somebody else is going to have to step up and make plays.”
Shumpert played in last week’s 40-11 season-opening loss to Lafayette, but was held to 20 yards on 10 carries. “He was only about 75 percent,” Wave offensive coordinator Andy Crotwell said.
Tupelo has three road games and an open date before opening Division 1-6A play Sept. 23 at Columbus.
Tenerious Montgomery, a senior, and sophomore Kentarris Cannon, are Shumpert’s backups.