Coastal QB Ross to have surgery on throwing arm

ccufoot-4stiffarmCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced today that quarterback Alex Ross will have surgery Thursday on his throwing arm.

Ross was injured during the NCAA Division I Championship quarterfinal game at North Dakota State. He scored two rushing touchdowns and led Coastal to 32-31 advantage in the fourth quarter before the three-time defending national champion Bison scored midway through the fourth period to win 39-32.

“I was aware Alex was looked at by our medical staff, but it was determined he could continue,” Moglia said. “When you think about it now, you have to be impressed with his leadership and performance in that environment, versus one of the best teams in the country. Alex will be at spring practice, but will not do anything to stress his arm. He should be 100 percent in terms of full throwing capabilities by the end of the school year.”

Ross just completed his junior season and finished seventh in the 2014 Walter Payton Award voting while being named the Big South Offensive Player of the Year. He set Big South single-season records for total offense (4,080), passing yards (3,389) and completions (271) while ranking second for rushing yards by a quarterback (691).

Ross is already Coastal’s career leader in completions (529), passing yards (6,909), total offense (8,264) and touchdown responsibility (67) while ranking second in passing touchdowns (51).

Ross graduated cum laude with a degree in management from Coastal Carolina this past weekend and has a year of eligibility remaining with the Chanticleers.

Photo by Bill Grammer

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