It's news the Thundering Herd could do without. The team's star defensive end, Albert McClellan, is now out for the season with a knee injury.
According to Athletic Department spokesman Randy Burnside, McClellan has torn ligaments in his left knee that will require surgery.
McClellan, who was Conference USA's Defensive Player of the Year last season, suffered the injury during practice Monday. However, he was not seen on crutches until yesterday.
McClellan led all Conference USA players with 19 tackles for loss and 11 sacks.
McClellan also made national headlines by ranking sixth in the country in terms of tackles for loss, seventh in sacks and 10th in forced fumbles.
He was also named Conference USA's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the upcoming season.
The good news: McClellan is a true junior and has a redshirt year available. That means he will still have two seasons of eligibility remaining.