Monday, February 16, 2015

Lachlan Akai Out Six Weeks Due To A Broken Tailbone

Lachlan Akai Out Six Weeks Due To A Broken Tailbone

By Satsuki Ranjou
Spirit News
October 22, 2073

Leafa Spirit quarterback and offensive captain Lachlan Akai will be out six weeks due to a broken tailbone, according to Dr. Fuka Toyokawa, the Leafa Athletics team doctor. The injury was sustained in the Spirit's match with the UNLV Rebels and this means that Akai will mostly likely be unavailable until the bowl game due to the length of time needed to sit out the injury. In addition, this means that Jack Mikoshiba is the new backup quarterback while kickoff specialist Liam Oono is upgraded to the third-string quarterback position.

Also injured is cornerback Lincoln Yama, who has not recovered from an ACL sprain and has remained questionable for a majority of this month. Yama's status is more important because this puts pressure on the other cornerbacks available to make an impact.

"Of course, we all feel for Lachie, he's an important part to our team and he's our leader on offense," said Coach Harding at a press conference at Kaguya Houraisan Centre. "However, we cannot lose Cooper, because he is the heart and soul of this team. A lot of our production this season is the result of Cooper's skills as the field general in our spread option attack. If we lose him, we will be two-deep at quarterback, and that is a massive red flag.

"Jack and Liam will need to be ready to fill in if Cooper can't send this team over the top, but Lachie's loss definitely hurts. He'll be used in an advisory role, but we hope that he will be healthy in time for the bowl game."

When asked if Akai would get the start in the bowl game if he does recover from his broken tailbone, Coach Harding kept mum.

"Not giving away our game plan," Coach Harding said. "You're free to make up your own conclusions."