COLUMBIA, S.C. (TheBigSpur/WIS) - According to multiple sources, South Carolina freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski does not have a torn ACL and did not play on a torn ACL this past season.
Columbia-area media reports indicated otherwise earlier Tuesday. Per contacts within the football program, those reports are not accurate. Team officials also stated that these media reports were “completely erroneous” on Tuesday afternoon.
Hilinski, who started 11 games for the Gamecocks this past season, does have an issue with his meniscus (as Tony Morrell reported on TheBigSpur.com) that he will have to have “cleaned up”. He is expected to have a procedure done on Wednesday. Meniscus issues are relatively common, playing through meniscus issues is common and the recovery time is a fraction of what a torn ACL would be.
Team officials later confirmed that Hilinski will have arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his left knee.
“The University of South Carolina is in full accord with the NCAA in regards to student-athlete welfare,” added team physician Dr. Jeff Guy. “All medical-related decisions about a player’s availability are made by the medical staff only, and then relayed to the coaching staff.”
Contacts also indicate that other than the meniscus, Hilinski has a clean bill of health and it is not anticipated that he will have any further procedures this offseason.
“We are completely comfortable with how Ryan has been handled by the coaching and medical staff at South Carolina,” said Ryan’s father, Mark Hilinski. “There was no risk of further injury with his knee so Ryan continued to play and we supported his decision to do so. While it may not be necessary, he is opting to have this procedure done to get back to full go as quickly as possible.”
Hilinski, from Orange, Calif., threw for 2,357 yards, 11 touchdowns, and five interceptions this past season for Carolina, which finished 2019 with a 4-8 record.
Team officials said he is expected to be at full strength when the Gamecocks begin winter workouts in January.