Punter ends up with sprained ankle making tackle in first half of combeback win
The Miami Hurricanes came from behind in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon in Atlanta to defeat Georgia Tech 42-36 in overtime.
But the win – Miami’s third in four games – came at a high price.
Two players went down with injuries, including Taft High grad Dalton Botts.
He will likely miss Saturday’s home game against North Carolina State, team officials say.
Botts injured his right (kicking) ankle in the second quarter and spent the remainder of the game pacing the sideline on crutches.
Head coach Al Golden told the Miami Herald the good news is it is not a high ankle sprain, which requires longer healing time.
Golden said he’s hoping Botts can start kicking again Thursday.
Before he was injured Botts had two punts averaging 41.5 yards. His first kick was downed at the Yellowjacket four-yard line. His second was returned 56 yards after the first Miami player downfield missed a tackle.
Botts was injured when he got in on the tackle of the return man.
The other Hurricane injury was a major one.
Wide receiver Malcolm Lewis suffered a serious injury that brought a hush over the more than 50,000 spectators in Bobby Dodd Stadium and sent players from both teams to their knees in prayer.
Lewis suffered a gruesome dislocated ankle that may also include a fracture when his left leg was caught under a tackler after he caught a pass.
Television replays showed Lewis’ ankle twisting in a direction it shouldn’t.
Golden said Lewis probably will undergo surgery this week.
Botts is expected to be ready for Miami’s Oct. 6 game at Soldier Field in Chicago when the Hurricanes take on heralded Notre Dame.