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Keith Smith out for season

Torn ACL and MCL end senior receiver's year

It's official.

Purdue announced Tuesday before Danny Hope's weekly press conference that senior receiver Keith Smith tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee during last week's game and won't play again this season.

The severity of the injury was suspected after seeing the nature of the hit, Smith's demeanor on the sideline and players' reactions after the game. The extent of the damage was confirmed by an MRI Tuesday.

Smith will speak with reporters after the team's practice, about 7 p.m. tonight.

Hope said Tuesday that Smith's injury "certainly is a setback for our team," but he thinks there are other talented options to pick up some of the load. Smith caught 91 passes for 1,100 yards last season to earn All-Big Ten honors.

Check back for more on Smith in Wednesday's Journal Gazette.