Miami’s 30-20 victory over Virginia Tech this weekend came at a price. Senior linebacker Raphael Kirby injured his right knee while making a play and will now miss the remainder of the 2015 season as a result. Miami head coach Al Golden announced the news during his weekly day-after teleconference, per The Miami Herald.
“I’m crushed,” Golden said. “Raphael represents what we want in a Miami Hurricane. He’s a leader. He’s unselfish. He holds his teammates accountable, and he’s a big part of who we are.”
Kirby played in 39 games for the Hurricanes, ending his career with 124 tackles. His senior season ends now with a team-leading 44 tackles. The loss of Kirby is the third at the linebacker position this season for the Hurricanes, with Darrion Owens and Marques Gayot also out due to injuries.
“We are tremendously disappointed for Raphael,” Golden said. “He is the true definition of a leader on the field, in the community and in the classroom. His commitment to our team and our goals has been unquestioned over his career, and he will be sorely missed. We will support Raphael through his recovery as we continue to lean on his leadership for our team.”
Miami will look to fill Kirby’s spot on the field with either Trent Harris or Juwon Young.