LSU’s Morgan out for year with torn tendon in knee

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND --  LSU's Malik Morgan is attended to after suffering a knee injury Saturday against Auburn in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- LSU's Malik Morgan is attended to after suffering a knee injury Saturday against Auburn in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

LSU guard Malik Morgan’s sophomore season is over.

The New Orleans native and John Curtis product tore his right patellar tendon in the final minutes of LSU’s 87-80 victory over Auburn on Saturday, his mother, Detra, said Sunday morning.

On Saturday night, LSU coach Johnny Jones didn’t divulge details but didn’t sound confident about Morgan’s return.

Morgan is slated for surgery Monday and faces a recovery period of six to nine months.

“He is definitely done for the season,” Detra Morgan said.

Morgan suffered the injury with 2:54 left and LSU leading 75-67 when he drove toward the rim in the open floor. Trying to elevate off the Pete Maravich Assembly Center hardwood, the tendon snapped.

Once airborne, “It was like a wipeout,” Detra Morgan said.

Morgan, who is averaging 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds, hit the floor hard and stayed down as play went the other way. After officials halted action, trainers attended to him on the floor for several minutes before he was helped toward the locker room.

“Last night was all the adrenaline flowing,” Detra Morgan said. “I don’t think he knew what to think then or what it might mean for his career.”

Detra Morgan can empathize, though. She was a standout volleyball player at LSU from 1983-86, but she tore her rotator cuff during her sophomore season. She came back to lead the Tigers in kills, hitting percentage and digs during the 1985 campaign.

“He knows what I went through in order to rehab properly,” Detra Morgan said. “He needs to hold on to that moving forward.”