Lake Forest Football Dealt a Blow; Dever Out for Season with Knee Injury

The team's best receiver has a confirmed ACL tear, injured against Stevenson.

Thus far, it's been a charmed life for the football team.

Through six weeks, the Scouts had avoided the injury bug.

Until now.

Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Patch has learned star wide receiver and Michigan recruit suffered a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his right knee and will not play for the rest of the season, according to his father, David Dever.

Bo Dever said he injured the knee in the first half of the

David Dever said Bo's injury was confirmed Wednesday by Dr. Mark Bowen, who is the team physician for the Chicago Bears and specializes in sports-related and traumatic injuries to the knee and shoulder, according to the Northwestern Orthopaedic Institute website.

"While Bo is disappointed that he will not be able to finish the season with his teammates, we are comfortable that he will make a full recovery and be ready for Michigan next year," David Dever said Wednesday.

David Dever said Bo will undergo surgery in a couple of weeks.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Dever leads the Scouts in receiving this season with 27 catches, 325 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging just over 44 yards as the team's punter.

In June, he committed to the University of Michigan as a non-scholarship walk-on. A month later, his sister, Morgan, a junior, . His father, David, played at Michigan for legendary coach Bo Schembechler during the 1980's.

Dever said he initially didn't sense there was a problem with his knee last Friday night.

"I came down on it weird one play and I didn't think anything of it," said Bo Dever. 

Dever said he took himself out of the game after the play, only to return "and ran an out route, caught it and went to cut and the knee completely buckled."

Dever did go back into the game after the knee buckled a second time, punting late in the second quarter. He said he attempted to run and cut on the knee during warm ups after halftime, but could not.

"Then the trainer said I was done," said Dever. 

The loss is a major blow to the Scouts, who are 5-1 overall and in first place in the North Suburban Conference Lake Division with a 3-0 record. 

Spagnoli said Dever's absence means more playing time for senior wide receiver Duke Durot, junior running back Chris Wilson and linebacker/tight end Matt Wagener.

"He's by far our most versatile guy in terms of productivity," said Spagnoli. "It's an opportunity for other people to play more and that's what's going to have to happen."


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