The Oregon Ducks received unfortunate injury news over the weekend, as starting middle linebacker Kaulana Apelu (Sr, Aiea, HI) will miss the rest of the regular season with a lower leg facture, head coach Mario Crisotbal announced Monday.
Apelu is second on the team with tackles with 58. He has 5 tackles for loss, two sacks and four pass break-ups.
“We expect him to be back for the bowl game,” Cristobal said. “He’ll be right there with me at practice coaching. He’s the heart and soul, one of the many guys together that are the heart and soul of the football team.”
Apelu had a similar injury derail his season in 2017; a fractured ankle causing him to miss the final eight games.
The Ducks are thin in the inside linebacker position due to another injury in Isaac Slade-Matautia, so Sampsion Niu (Soph., San Diego, CA) will likely get the reps at the position ahead of the Nov. 10th showdown with Utah.