BYU Linebacker Jorgensen To Undergo Career-Ending Surgery
By Kristen Finstad
Austen Jorgensen, a senior middle linebacker for Brigham Young University, saw his career with the Cougars end this week due to injury.
BYU announced Thursday that the 6-foot-2, 232-pound Jorgensen will undergo season-ending surgery to repair torn cartilage damage in his knee.
Jorgensen started three games for the Cougars this season with a career-high 47 tackles in eight games. Jorgensen appeared in 45 games over five seasons for Brigham Young with 108 tackles.
Sophomore linebacker Manoa Pikula follows Jorgensen on the depth chart and likely will replace him for the remainder of the season.
BYU wide receiver and punt returner JD Falslev also will miss the next three to four weeks after having surgery Thursday to repair a fractured hand. The Cougars senior has 24 catches for 227 receiving yards this season and has averaged 10.4 yards on 23 punt returns.
Either Adam Hine or Paul Lasike, who have taken care of kickoff returns for the Cougars this season, will take over Falslev's punt-return duties for the next several weeks.