December 1, 2012; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers running back Shawne Alston (20) rushes the ball against the Kansas Jayhawks during the first quarter at Milan Puskar Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Many Mountaineers fans have probably been wondering why it is that a thigh bruise could derail Alston’s season so badly. Alston took to twitter earlier this week to share a couple images of his bruise treatment, showing the severity of the bruise.
For visual proof of the injury, you can use this link: (WARNING: contains images of blood).
Alston injured his thigh in the win over James Madison in mid-September this year. The injury kept Alston out of action for the next 5 games while the Mountaineers started to slide down the standings. Both Alston and the coaches rushed him back into service too early, as evidenced by his relapse in recovery.
Shawne Alston saw limited action in West Virginia’s losses to TCU and Oklahoma State, only carrying the ball for a combined 16 yards. He would miss the next game against Oklahoma to attempt to fully recover from his bruise.
After finally recovering, Alston showed that he was back to his early season form, rushing for 170 yards and 3 touchdowns in WVU’s final two regular season games.
From the images he shared on twitter, it is easy to see why he missed so much action this season. That is not exactly a little boo boo. Alston is one tough player and if that kind of bruise kept him out of service for weeks, you can only imagine just how bad of a bruise that was.