Skip to main content

BREAKING: Brandon Bialkowski To Have Season-Ending Collarbone Surgery

Late on Monday night, senior QB Brandon Bialkowski delivered the news that Lehigh fans feared, but also suspected: that he will be gone for the rest of the year with season-ending collarbone surgery.

It appears that the collarbone was broken so badly that he'll need an iron plate and screws to reconnect it.

The guy we call "BB" got hurt in the game against Bucknell, after leading the Mountain Hawks to a 6-2 record and positioning Lehigh towards another potential Patriot League title.

Thoughts and prayers to him and his family.

Here's what he posted on Facebook:
I appreciate everyone who has been following me through my senior year of football. Unfortunately, I will be having season ending collarbone surgery on Thursday. I love all the fans and support I have received this year and will cherish it forever! Can't wait to celebrate a Patriot League title with my team in a few weeks!
I think I can speak for all Lehigh fans in thanking BB for the amazing work he's done this season - and to wish him a speedy recovery.

This season he went 216/337, with a 64% completion percentage with 18 TDs, averaging almost 331 passing yards per game.  He added 111 positive yards rushing and a rushing touchdown as well.

This also means that the starting quarterback two Saturdays from now will be either junior QB Matt McHale, junior QB A.J. Visconti or freshman QB Nick Shafnisky.

It promises to be an intense week off for the coaching staff to figure out who the starter will be.

And whomever he is, BB will be behind him.

UPDATE: Keith Groller of the Morning Call added a statement from head coach Andy Coen:
"It's absolutely disappointing for him, a kid who did all the right things and learned the system and waited for his turn," Coen said. "When he got his turn, he certainly took advantage of it. He's not only a great example for his teammates, but to kids playing football all over the place. 
"This is a world where if you're not playing as a freshman or sophomore, you're unhappy. This is a guy who waited his turn behind some good players [previous starters QB Chris Lum and QB Mike Colvin]  and took advantage of it and put his team in a position where it could win a championship."

UPDATE 2: Mike LoRe of the Express-Times also got a statement from coach Coen:
"I feel bad for the kid, I really do," Coen said. "I think he's an outstanding example of being a great teammate. In this world, kids and parents think kids should be playing as freshmen and sophomores and very rarely do you see kids hang in there, learn and try to improve themselves when they're not playing. He did that for three years. The benefit he got out of that was maybe being most prolific quarterback in Lehigh history in the eight games he played. He did a great job. I'm really proud of the kid and how he's handled everything."

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Patriot League Commit Tracker, Class of 2022

(Photo Credit: Steve Hockstein/NJ Advance Media)

With this year's early signing period in December, along with traditional signing day in February and additional signing of recruits up until May, it felt like the right time to resurrect the Patriot League Commit Tracker for the class of 2022.

This is intended to be a rolling list, updated as we go, as student-athletes going to any Patriot League school sign National Letters of Intent.

We don't know the whole story yet behind each school's recruiting class.  But this post is intended to put in one place what we know so far.

As I learn more, I will add more names to each list.

Troy Pelletier Hasn't Stopped Outworking His Rivals On His Journey To Professional Football

Many Patriot League football fans remember the 153rd meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette, one that ended happily for the Mountain Hawks.

They might remember the MVP performance of QB Brad Mayes, or perhaps the halftime speech by OL Zach Duffy that seemed to spur the Mountain Hawks to victory.

Or perhaps they might remember the spectacular single play of Mayes rolling right and finding WR Gatlin Casey in the end zone to give the Mountain Hawks a lead they didn't relinquish.  It was an incredible play by Mayes, who returns this upcoming year for his senior season, and Casey, who, having exhausted his eligibility at Lehigh, will be playing one more year at Middle Tennessee State.

As great as those individual moments are, though, they are not my biggest takeaway of that game.

Too many Lehigh people forget that Lehigh was down 31-21 at half, and that victory was no sure thing.  And they sometimes forget that so much of that victory came from the grinding of WR Troy Pelletier, deliver…

Remembering Lehigh's Battles With The Late Tubby Raymond

(Photo Credits: Delaware Online)

When I heard the news Tubby Raymond, legendary Delaware head football coach, died last week at the age of 92, two immediate memories came rushing back to me.

One occurred on October 16th, 1999, when Tubby had made a complaint to the local paper or radio in the run-up to Kevin Higgins' Mountain Hawks beating his Blue Hens on Delaware's homecoming, 42-35.

I have no idea if the quote even actually happened, but my recollection is that Tubby said that Lehigh had "St. Bartholomew's" on their schedule, and hadn't played anybody.  It was a verbal jab that many Delaware fans took with them to the stands to heckle the Mountain Hawk fans that made the short trip to Newark.

Up until that point, I had watched a bunch of Lehigh football games over the years.  I experienced their rise in the 1990s.  I enjoyed wins, and championships, and playoff victories.

But never had I felt a win so viscerally vindicating than the one over Tubby Raymond&…