Georgia State is going to be without its leading rusher Donald Russell after he sustained a season-ending injury in the first quarter of Saturday's 49-24 loss to Villanova. The diagnosis is a sprained MCL and Russell is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Only three games remain on the Panthers' schedule, so it's most likely that the senior running back's college career is over. There's no questioning how important Russell is to what the Panthers do offensively,accounting for 40 percent of the team's offense before the loss to Villanova.
But it's not like Georgia Southern has a high-powered offense with a bunch of players it can rely on to just step up. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted, the Panthers are last or next to last in the Colonial Athletic Association in most categories, including points per game (17), rushing offense (116.5) and total offense (317.1)
Russell will finish this season with 747 rushing yards and three touchdowns and 160 receiving yards and one touchdown.