University of Miami commitment Ray Lewis III will not be participating in spring practices nor playing in the spring game for Lake Mary Prep.
Griffins' head coach Buck Gurley did not seem concerned about the absence of his star player, who will be resting a slight hyper-extension of his right elbow while lifting weights.
"He just had a little weightlifting issue about a week before spring practice,” Gurley said. “He hyper-extended his elbow on clean and jerks. It's just one of those situations where he messed it up in the air. It's nothing serious, and we're not worried about him going into spring. We already know what he can do, so I told him just to take spring and rest it up.
"We don't want to mess up anything with his scholarship."
Gurley has his usual lot of youngsters out on the practice field, with about 22 players in total. By comparison, Timber Creek High, an Orlando Class 8A school, has about 120 players out for football.
"But it's no different than any other year," Gurley said, "and those numbers include about eight sixth and seventh graders. It’s the same thing every year. We’ll probably play about six of them. We did it last year and went 8-2. I think we’ll be fine.
“I’m just excited to see what some of our soon-to-be seventh graders can do on the varsity level. Some of the guys came up at the end of year last year and did pretty good. Being a private school, we just gotta go with what we have.”
Lewis III, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound son of Baltimore Ravens linebacker and former Miami Hurricane himself Ray Lewis II. committed to Miami on March 21.
He led all Central Florida rushers last season with 2,321 yards and scored 28 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 13.11 yards per carry. He also caught 14 passes, five of them for touchdowns. He will play either safety or running back at UM.
Lake Mary Prep's spring game is at Daytona Beach Father Lopez on May 19.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times