2013 Fremont Cannon: Look for Cornett to play today

RENO – He hopped off the field in pain last week at Fresno State after taking a shot to his right knee.

He was officially listed as doubtful on the team’s injury report on Tuesday afternoon. And he was also observed by media members to be on crutches at practice that day.

But don’t be surprised if senior running back Tim Cornett not only suits up but also plays a key role in today’s Fremont Cannon battle with Nevada this afternoon at sold out Mackay Stadium here (ESPN3, 3 p.m.).

Sources close to the team told me that Cornett’s injury wasn’t nearly as serious as originally thought and that he will be good to go today.

That wouldn’t seem to jive with what Rebel head coach Bobby Hauck was spinning with the media earlier in the week so we’ll see. But I was told Cornett practiced Thursday and looked fine.

If so, it goes without saying that it would be a huge plus for the Rebels (4-3, 2-1) in their quest to end an eight-year losing streak to the Wolf Pack (3-4, 2-2), who rank a dismal 122nd nationally (out of 123 FBS teams ahead of only New Mexico State) in rush defense allowing 287.1 yards per game.

Cornett, who broke Mike Thomas’ school career rushing record (3,149 yards) – he now has 3,158 – currently ranks third in the Mountain West and 24th nationally in rushing with 709 yards and nine touchdowns on 133 carries, an average of 101.3 yards per game.

Check back later today for updates on the Fremont Cannon game at Mylvsports.com

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