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April 8, 1997

Tailback Robertson to Undergo Arthroscopic Exam Thursday

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech tailback Clint Robertson is scheduled to undergo an arthroscopic examination Thursday to determine the extent of a knee injury suffered in the first half of the team's annual Red-Black scrimmage that finalized spring drills last Thursday.

Robertson, a 6-0, 179-pound sophomore from Dallas, underwent a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Saturday during a preliminary exam by Texas Tech orthopedic doctor Robert King. The MRI showed an injury to the medial collateral ligament, the medial meniscus and a possible injury to the posterior cruciate ligament. The exam will be given at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.

"We will be able to determine the extent of the injury on Thursday," said Texas Tech Director of Sports Medicine Natalie Steadman. "At that time we will decide what course of action to take with regards to repairing the damage. The action we take will determine the rehabilitation process and the length of time it will take to allow Clint back onto the field. At this point, we just aren't sure how long he will be out."

Robertson is currently listed as the starter at tailback and is the only player at that position with experience from last season following the departure of first-team All-America Byron Hanspard to the National Football League. He registered the second-best kickoff-return average in the Big 12 Conference with nine returns for 222 yards for a 24.7-yard average. He also returned 10 punts for 87 yards last season as a true freshman for the Red Raiders.

"Clint has a lot of talent and is a valuable member of our football team," said Head Coach Spike Dykes. "He had a great spring running the football and learning the offense and we really hope he is on the field with us when we open at Tennessee this fall."

Texas Tech opens the 1997 season on August 30 in Knoxville against the University of Tennessee. Fourteen starters return for the Red Raiders, who went 7-5 last season and advanced to a school-record fourth-straight bowl appearance.

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