Appalachian State star running back Jalin Moore is done for the season after suffering a devastating ankle injury in Tuesday’s win at Arkansas State.
Moore suffered a fracture and dislocation of his right ankle and will undergo surgery, the school announced Friday morning.
The recovery time for Moore is eight to 12 weeks, putting an end to the senior standout’s career with the Mountaineers. He was hurt at the end of a 27-yard touchdown run in Tuesday’s game.
“I hate this for Jalin, who has worked so hard to be the player and person that he is,” Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield said. “We will continue to support him, and he will remain a leader on this team, just in a different role. He is a special young man and has a bright future. It’s now time for some of our younger guys to step up and carry the load, especially at the running back position.”
Moore entered this season as one of six running backs in the country to rush for more than 1,000 yards in each of the previous two seasons.
The 5-foot-11, 205 pound Moore finished the season with 400 yards and six touchdowns on 63 carries.
“First of all, thanks to my App State family for the love and prayers,” Moore said in a statement released through the school. “I’m eager to get back and finish what I started. I wish I could start the rehab process right now. I hate that this is the way my App career ended, but everything happens for a reason. This is only going to make my story better in the end. We’ve got a special team this year, and I know them boys will still get the job done.
“All I can ask for is for them to keep that same swagger, that same mindset. Don’t feel sorry for me, this is only a test that I will not fail. Anybody can get hurt any play, and any play could be your last. That’s what we touch that sign for. We’ve got to give our all for App, because you never know when it will be your last game for the Black and Gold.”
Moore led the Mountaineers to back-to-back Sun Belt Conference titles in the past two seasons. He rushed for a career-high 1,402 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore, earning conference offensive player of the year honors, and went for 1,037 yards and 12 scores last season.
For his career, Moore rushed for 3,570 yards and 33 touchdowns in 40 games, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He is the only active FBS running back with four games of at least 235 yards rushing, according to the school.