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Ryan McManus Out Indefinitely

Dartmouth College junior receiver Ryan McManus. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Dartmouth College junior receiver Ryan McManus. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)

Dartmouth College football receiver Ryan McManus, an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last year and the team’s top returning receiver coming into the current campaign, is out indefinitely because of a concussion suffered last week against visiting Holy Cross.

The junior, who also missed games because of a concussion suffered at Yale during his freshman year, snagged a pass along the sideline before being absolutely clobbered by a Crusaders defensive back. No penalty was called, although Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens said after viewing Fox television footage of the hit that he forwarded the snippet to the Ivy League office.

“On our analysis tape, it was hard to determine,” said the coach, who protested only mildly after the play. “It didn’t look like it was head-to-head. Then... someone sent me the Fox shot and it was definitely a head shot.

“I had thought it was a whiplash to the ground, but his head never really hit the ground on the tackle.”

Had Holy Cross received a personal foul penalty on the hit, Dartmouth would have enjoyed a first down on the Crusaders’ 15-yard line. Instead, it faced fourth-and-eight and Riley Lyons’ 44-yard field goal attempt sailed wide, leaving the game tied 28-28. Holy Cross won the game, 31-28.

“We are just not sure what his future will be,” Teevens said of McManus, who is definitely out for Saturday’s clash at Pennsylvania. “We just don’t know.”

McManus’ older brother, Tim, had his senior season ended by a concussion two years ago. Tim is now working for a medical device company in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and applying to medical schools.

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Here’s a quick opinion for you: the convincing nature of Teevens’ talk about having dual starting quarterbacks has evaporated like raindrops on the homecoming bonfire.

Junior Alex Park looked outstanding leading up to the opener at Butler, but it wasn’t a shock to see sophomore Dalyn Williams start that game. After all, the Texan was last season’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year and he’s a tremendous talent.

Teevens insisted all along, however, that Park and Williams were “1 and 1A”. That’s just not true anymore, if it ever really was.

Through two games, Williams has attempted 70 passes and rushed 37 times. Park, who’s played only one series in that time, has thrown four passes and rushed once. He fumbled to end that march and wasn’t seen last week against Holy Cross.

Clearly, Williams is the starter and Park his backup, no matter what anyone says at this point. Given the way Williams plays, however, the bet here is we’ll see Park fairly often before the season’s over. As injuries to NFL jackrabbits Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III have shown, it’s not easy to keep a running-threat quarterback healthy for a full campaign.