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Quarterback Taylor Laird out for season

Taylor Laird, City College quarterback does homework while supporting his team at practice Sept. 25.

After working hard during fall training camp and impressing coaches, Taylor Laird got the starting quarterback position for the City College Panthers, according to the team’s head coach Dannie Walker.

The team won its season opener against Sierra College Sept. 7 in a game that went into overtime. City College won 37-31, and Laird threw for 474 yards and had 5 touchdowns.

And when it came time to play the second game of the season, Laird said that he was ready to go.

“I was very positive and upbeat,” said Laird.

But Laird will no longer be able to contribute to the team after sustaining an injury in the team’s second game on Sept. 17 that will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season, Laird was helped off the field and looked at by the team doctor Jothi Murali following the season-ending play.

City College took to the  field to face American River College. During the first half American River College dominated, according to Laird said after half time, they felt good about City College getting back into the game.

However, the season took a dramatic change for Laird late in the third quarter.

“I went back to pass, I saw the defender coming, and I knew I was going down, and that’s when I heard a pop,” said Laird.

At home that night, Laird’s father said the athlete should get his ankle X-rayed just to be safe. That was when he learned his season was over, Laird said. At the hospital, Laird learned he had a fracture that cracked all the way through his fibula.

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“His ability to keep the play alive when it breaks down is something a lot of guys can’t do,” said Walker. “He has that special skills set to be able to do that, and his foot work, his savyness, his toughness, all that put into one body 6-foot-3 215-pounds; he makes things happen.”

Laird is now watching the season from the sidelines while sporting an orange cast representing his favorite NFL team, the Miami Dolphins.

Throughout his recovery time, Laird said he is focusing on being an even better player by working on upper body lifting and bicycling. He added that he’s not letting his injury get in the way of his dreams.

“Oh, at first it was bad, it was rough,” said Laird. “I was upset, but now I am looking at the bright side, and I’m continuing getting bigger and stronger.”

As for when Laird hopes to get back on the field, he said he was unsure at this point when he’ll return.

“It’s hard to tell,” said Laird. “I have an appointment Oct. 31 to see if I can get the cast off; then rehab.”

Despite the injury and Laird having to sit out the rest of the season, Walker compared Laird’s early season accomplishments to a former City College football star and said Laird was on track to being a top player.

“That game and a half [Laird] was playing at a level that we haven’t seen here since 2009 by a kid by the name of Cody Allen,” said Walker. “[Laird] was on pace to do some amazing things here from a leadership standpoint and from an athletic standpoint.”

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