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UND's Clive Georges dealing with season on the sideline

GRAND FORKS -- In a split second on a Thursday night in New York, Clive Georges went from the University of North Dakota football program's biggest passing threat to a season-long bystander.

Clive Georges winces in pain after suffering a leg injury Thursday against Stony Brook. Photo by Gregory Shemitz.
Clive Georges winces in pain after suffering a leg injury Thursday against Stony Brook. Photo by Gregory Shemitz.

GRAND FORKS - In a split second on a Thursday night in New York, Clive Georges went from the University of North Dakota football program's biggest passing threat to a season-long bystander.

Georges broke his leg early in the second half in a Week 1 13-7 loss at Stony Brook.

The speedy senior wide receiver was in good spirits this week at the High Performance Center, watching practice on a chair with crutches at his side.

"To be honest, they're fun to watch," Georges said.

UND, 9-2 overall and 8-0 in the Big Sky Conference, had a bye Saturday and the Fighting Hawks will find out Sunday when and where they will play their FCS playoff game. The announcement will be made at 9 a.m. on ESPNU.

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Georges' injury quickly squashed a season of expectations. As a junior, Georges missed the first half of the year with an injured hand suffered in the season-opening win at Wyoming.

When he returned, the transfer from Arizona showcased his high-end ability. He had two touchdown catches against Montana State and finished the year with five catches for 141 yards and a touchdown at Cal Poly.

"With the spring and fall he had, there was a lot of expectations," UND wide receivers coach Danny Freund said. "He was a difference-maker to stretch the field in the passing game. I know he had high expectations for his senior year and the chance to play at the next level.

"Rarely at our level do you find a guy who can run like that and is also a football player. You see guys who run that fast but most aren't football players, but Clive loves the game."

At Stony Brook, Georges made a catch near the goal line. Instead of squirting out of bounds, he turned into a group of defenders. He was twisted up and fumbled.

"I had no idea until I looked down and my leg was dangling," Georges said. "It didn't hurt until I got in the (emergency vehicle)."

The team had to leave Georges behind in New York as doctors waited for swelling to go down before performing surgery.

The wait turned into a week for Georges and UND athletic trainer Sean Degerstrom. Georges' mother also came to the hospital from her home in Key West, Fla.

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"It was supposed to be three days, but things kept coming up to delay the process," Georges said. "My mother was the only person to keep me sane the whole time. I might have gone crazy. She kept me happy."

Georges said he can almost walk without the crutches now. He says the competitiveness in him makes it tough not to get out on the field.

His playing days, however, remain uncertain.

UND will be applying for a medical hardship for Georges, although the status of the hardship remains unknown and Georges isn't sure if he'll return to his pre-injury explosiveness.

"Maybe something good happens for me next year," Georges said. "It might be the end of it. Who knows? If I do get (a medical hardship) and can't play like I used to, I'm just going to hang it up. It's different. I don't know what to do. If it's bad news, I have to live with it."

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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