Fresno State freshman Dontel James, who has suffered through an injury-plagued first season with the Bulldogs, is out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair an injury to his right toe.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back, who missed time earlier this season with a minor knee injury, has played in two games in the No. 17 Bulldogs' 5-0 start but is expected to get the year back as a medical redshirt.
"Because he had the surgery, we think he'll be able to make a full recovery," coach Tim DeRuyter said. "You can treat it conservatively, but it's one of those things that can longer and never get right so we decided to take care of it."
The recovery time for the surgery is about six months, so James is likely to also miss spring practices. But, DeRuyter said, he is expected to be at a full go for fall camp.
James, who carried the ball three times for five yards in limited duty, had a solid fall camp and had been expected to play this season in the offense or on special teams. When able, he will move into the Bulldogs' developmental program with the other freshmen and players redshirting this season.
"He'll be able to lift. He's obviously doing rehab on his foot, but he'll be able to do all his upper body lifting and within a little while he'll go to a weight-bearing deal so he'll be able to get some leg work," DeRuyter said.
"It's tough on him because he's changing gears - we thought he was a guy that was going to compete for playing time this year. But early in the year he had a knee issue and he's had some physical bad luck unfortunately, so hopefully we can get him stronger and have him go full bore come this summer."