ALBANY — University at Albany football head coach Greg Gattuso confirmed Friday that redshirt junior wide receiver Austin Ellis will miss the 2018 season after injuring his right knee earlier this week.
“Austin did tear an ACL and he’ll be out for the rest of the season,” Gattuso said. “He’s a great kid and he’s doing great. It’s a big blow to our receiving corps, but it’s life. We seem to go through one every year, at least, and it’s just the way it is with football.”
Ellis — a Ravena native who played in high school for CBA — caught 13 passes last season for 200 yards and a touchdown. He was projected as a starting wide receiver this year.
“He’ll bounce back,” Gattuso said. “He’s a good kid and a hard worker.”
With Ellis out, it appears likely freshman Dev Holmes will see significant action for the Great Danes. The Troy native has worked with UAlbany’s first-team offense extensively since Ellis’ injury.
“He’s a talented young man,” Gattuso said of Holmes. “He’s everything we thought when we were recruiting him. Now, it’s just a matter of him being consistent and learning what to do, and to be an impact player. He has the ability for sure.”