There was a scary moment earlier this week when Iowa State’s sophomore star free safety, Kamari Cotton-Moya, went down in practice with an apparent head injury. Kamari was strapped to a backboard, and taken to the hospital for evaluation Cyclones Head Coach Paul Rhoads spoke with the media after practice.
“[Cotton-Moya] was alert and communicating with me and everybody else,” Rhoads said.
Rhoads was understandably reluctant to speculate about any possible injury, but commended the way Iowa State training staff and local emergency personnel responded to the incident.
“I just commend our athletic training staff and the local authorities for how fast they were, responsive to it, and the job that they did taking care of him, calming him, securing him and getting him on his way,” Rhoads said.
Thankfully Cotton-Moya seems to be okay.
Kamari Cotton-Moya has been released from the hospital. He is doing well & will receive re-checks the next 2 weeks. pic.twitter.com/ChyiStfOIV
— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) March 13, 2015
Tuesday was the first day Iowa State tackled in practice, and the loss of Cotton-Moya would be a blow to Cyclone football. There is a lot of hype around Kamari as last season he earned Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year honors with 77 tackles, and was a Football Writers Association of America First-Team Freshman All-American!
Cotton-Moya has suffered serious injury before. A season-ending Achilles injury kept the young star from playing as a true freshman. Before that though, the promising career was almost not to be. Just days before reporting to Ames in 2013, Cotton-Moya found himself at the wrong place, at the wrong time. While attending a party in his home town of Bakersfield, CA, Kamari was struck in the arm by a stray bullet.
“I was just leaving the party and a bunch of people were out in the street,” Cotton-Moya told The Des Moines Register. “I was with a buddy. We heard shots. We ran, and all of a sudden there was a bullet in my arm.”
Luckily, the bullet didn’t cause any serious harm, but the incident put into focus what’s important, and that good things rarely happen after Midnight.
“Guns can kill people. You can call me one of the lucky ones.”Kamari said after being shot. “If I can survive a bullet, I’d say I can survive almost anything.”
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