A University of Houston wide receiver is suing Marshall University and Conference USA after breaking his leg in an end zone run-in with a metal band cart during a game with the Thundering Herd in Huntington, WV almost two years ago.
Patrick Edwards filed the suit in Charleston, WV Tuesday at the Kanawha County Circuit Court. The lawsuit contends that Marshall has a duty to maintain it's football field in a reasonably safe manner, including the removal of obstructions.
The collision occurred October 28, 2008 when Edwards ran for a long pass, and his right shin slammed into a cart just past the end zone. The yellow cart belongs to Marshall's acclaimed Marching Thunder band, which typically sits in the south end zone seats.
Edwards had to miss the rest of the 2008 season, but returned last year to catch 85 passes for 1,021 yards. He is one of three Cougar wide receivers on the Biletnikoff Award watch list.
The nationally-televised game replayed the collision, which reportedly made most observers cringe.
"I remember focusing on the ball and as soon as it hit my fingertips, I ran into the cart," Edwards said. "My leg went numb, and I flipped over, and I didn't feel anything until they put my foot in the brace."
Marshall doesn't comment on pending litigation. A Conference USA official did note that, "It was an unfortunate accident, and we are glad that Patrick has recovered so well from it."