Details remained sketchy on Saturday regarding the condition of Ohio State football player Tyson Gentry.
Gentry, a sophomore punter and wide receiver for the Buckeyes, was hospitalized late Friday afternoon after he was injured during OSU’s spring practice session.
On Saturday, Ohio State a statement regarding Gentry’s status. The statement noted that Gentry remained hospitalized at OSU Medical Center after suffering a serious neck injury during practice Friday in Ohio Stadium.
Gentry, a walk-on from Sandusky, Ohio, was injured after being tackled on a pass play. The Dayton Daily News reported that Gentry caught a pass over the middle and collided with freshman defensive back Kurt Coleman. According to reports, Gentry fell awkwardly and suffered an injury. He remained on the field for 15 minutes before being transported by stretcher to OSU Medical Center.
OSU coach Jim Tressel canceled the rest of practice as well as a scheduled media interview appearance. He released the team for the weekend and went to the hospital to visit Gentry.
According to the OSU statement, Gentry underwent surgery Friday night and is currently resting comfortably with his family at his side. Initial reports said Gentry had lost feeling below his shoulders. The OSU statement provided no indication whether those initial reports were correct or what the prognosis is for Gentry’s recovery.
Bucknuts.com made attempts to interview OSU athletic and medical center personnel on Saturday, but phone calls were not immediately returned.
“Ty is alert and in good spirits and is receiving the very best in medical care,” said Gentry’s father, Bob, in OSU’s statement. “My wife, Gloria, and I want to thank the wonderful team of doctors and nurses for all that they have done for him. We also want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We ask that you continue to keep our son in your prayers.”
“Tyson is a wonderful young man, who loves the game of football and loves being at Ohio State and following in the footsteps of his dad,” Tressel said in the statement. “Our players, coaches and everyone in the Ohio State Athletics Department family are praying fervently for his recovery.”
The statement indicated that OSU will update the media as more information becomes available and in accordance with the Gentry family’s wishes.
The 6-2, 165-pound Gentry battled with scholarship player A.J. Trapasso for the punting job last year. When Trapasso won the job, the OSU coaching staff told Gentry, a fine all-around athlete at Sandusky Perkins High School, he could remain on the squad by working as a scout team wide receiver.
Ohio State is due to wrap up spring drills this week with practices Monday and Tuesday, the kick scrimmage on Thursday, practice on Friday and the spring game next Saturday at 1 p.m.