Joe McKnight was back on the field against Cal last weekend and appeared to be healthy and at full speed. And even with the fumble that followed a dazzling run, it was the McKnight that we’ve come to know. But there are still questions about his noticeable absence in the game prior, as he failed to make an appearance against the Washington Huskies. Leading up to the game, all reports were that McKnight was healthy and ready to go, after struggling with a turf toe injury that kept him sidelined earlier. But then came gameday, and he was nowhere to be seen.
Despite McKnight’s claim that the lingering effects of the toe injury forced him from participating against Washington, the L.A Daily news reports that negative points led to the shelfing of the Trojan Sophomore. According to the report, negative points are accumulated when athletes miss classes or tutoring sessions. Academic performance knocked McKnight out of Spring practice and the annual Spring game, and if the Daily News report is correct, you would have to believe the struggles continue.