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University of Miami freshman quarterback Robert Marve injured his left (nonthrowing) hand early Monday morning when a car driven by Hurricanes freshman receiver Jermaine McKenzie flipped over on Interstate 75 just north of Naples.


McKenzie -- who received a ticket for careless driving after telling troopers he fell asleep -- was not injured, according to his father, John, and was back in Miami on Monday afternoon. UM sophomore linebacker Colin McCarthy, who was the only other person in the vehicle, left the hospital in Naples on Monday and did not appear to be injured, according to Robert Weiner, who was Marve's head coach at Tampa Plant High.


Marve, who was in the back seat sleeping when the accident happened, sustained lacerations on both his left hand and wrist and disfigurement of his left ring finger, according to Weiner, who was with Marve in the emergency room of Naples Community Hospital on Monday.


Weiner said Marve was set to have surgery on the hand later Monday afternoon but that doctors were uncertain if he had ligament or tendon damage. Marve suffered no injuries to his throwing hand or any other injuries, aside from stiffness in his body, the coach said.


''They want to cleanse his hand and make sure it's not infected,'' Weiner said. ``That's more important than checking out a fracture. He's feeling pretty good. He's a trooper.''


Weiner said Marve likely won't play football ''for at least a month'' but an exact timetable won't be known until doctors determine whether there's ligament damage. UM begins practice Aug. 4 and plays its regular-season opener Sept. 1 against Marshall.


McCarthy could not be reached for comment, but Weiner said McCarthy ``didn't seem to have any injuries and was moving fine and talking fine. He was shaken up.''


A UM spokesman said the school was gathering information and had no comment as of midafternoon.


The three players were returning to Miami late Sunday night after a weekend in Central Florida, where they have family. Marve and McCarthy picked up McKenzie in Bradenton, and they were alternating driving responsibilities, Weiner said.


The accident occurred ''a couple minutes after midnight'' Monday morning, according to a Fort Myers-based dispatcher with the Florida Highway Patrol.


According to the dispatcher, the vehicle flipped after colliding with a guard rail. But Weiner said it was his understanding that there was no collision with the guard rail. Weiner, who received an account of events from Marve, said the car went off the side of the road, and McKenzie tried to turn back to the right to compensate, causing the car to flip.


The Florida Highway Patrol's report said alcohol was not involved and that McKenzie and McCarthy were wearing seatbelts. McKenzie's father, John, declined to make any comment beyond saying his son is fine.


''Anyone who gets in a car accident like that is in shock,'' Weiner said. ``The first thing you're thankful for is everybody is still alive.''


Marve, the only scholarship quarterback in UM's recruiting class, was rated the nation's No. 8 quarterback by rivals.com and was named Florida's Mr. Football in 2006. During the past few months, he has impressed his new UM teammates and coaches with his maturity, arm strength and willingness to spend considerable time in the film room.


Though UM offensive coordinator Patrick Nix said in April that Marve would be given a chance to win the starting job, that was considered unlikely -- even before the car accident -- because of his lack of experience compared with Kyle Wright and Kirby Freeman.


McKenzie, rated the nation's 16th-best receiver by rivals.com in this year's recruiting class, has emerged as one of UM's standout freshmen during summer workouts and is expected to compete for immediate playing time. McKenzie attended Bradenton Academy and has been friends with Marve since both initially committed to Alabama before Mike Shula was fired.


McCarthy, who attended Clearwater High, appeared in nine games last season, mostly on special teams and as a backup linebacker. He was impressive during spring practice and is expected to challenge for a starting job.




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so much for Mckenzie not being hurt, this injury scares me to be honest.



UM's McKenzie hurt in Monday's crash

Miami Herald Staff and Wire Services

University of Miami freshman receiver Jermaine McKenzie is in a neck brace following a car accident, and the timetable for his return is uncertain.


On Monday, McKenzie's father, John, said his son was fine in the wake of the accident north of Naples early that morning. But on Tuesday, John McKenzie told canesport.com his son sustained hairline fractures in his neck but would not require surgery.


McKenzie said his son likely would not be ready for the start of practice Aug. 4. UM officials want to proceed cautiously because of the nature of the injury. McKenzie has been very impressive in summer workouts.


''We don't know how long he has to wear [the neck brace],'' John McKenzie told canesport.com. ``From his neck down, he's fine.''


McKenzie fell asleep while driving back to Miami on Sunday night, and his car hit a guard rail on Interstate 75 and flipped. Freshman quarterback Robert Marve, who was in the back seat, underwent surgery on his left (nonthrowing) hand Monday and is out indefinitely. Linebacker Colin McCarthy, the other passenger, was not injured.


UM has not released information about the players' conditions.







and Marve's out for the season


Miami QB Marve expects to miss 2007 season due to injuries

The Associated Press

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami freshman quarterback Robert Marve expects to miss the 2007 season because of injuries sustained earlier this week in a car crash, his family said.


"It's safe to say we're pretty much guaranteed that Robert will have a redshirt season," the quarterback's father, Eugene Marve, said in Tuesday's editions of The Tampa Tribune. "It's a setback, but the most important thing is he will overcome this injury."


Marve broke a wrist, dislocated a ring finger and cut his left, non-throwing hand, the newspaper said, and the injuries were so severe that he nearly needed to have his pinkie finger amputated.


"I don't care about not playing football this season," Marve told the newspaper. "All I want to do is heal and be functional on my own again."


Even if Marve is eventually redshirted, it does not preclude him from practicing or working out with the team.


Marve and his family did not return phone messages left at their home Wednesday by The Associated Press.


Marve was among three Miami players in the one-car crash; the others were sophomore linebacker Colin McCarthy and freshman receiver Jermaine McKenzie, who was driving Marve's 2007 Dodge Charger on Interstate 75 near Naples when he reportedly fell asleep and lost control around 12:05 a.m. Monday. The car rolled several times before coming to rest on its roof.


"I'm happy to be alive," Marve said.


McKenzie - who was ticketed for careless driving - broke a neck vertebrae in the crash and could miss anywhere from six to 12 weeks, relatives said. McCarthy apparently only had minor injuries.


University officials have not released any details on the players' conditions. Team doctors have yet to evaluate the players and no official decisions have been made on their playing status.


Marve was one of the most sought-after quarterbacks in the country last season, after leading Tampa Plant High to a state Class 4A championship. He set state records with 280 completions, 48 touchdowns and 4,380 passing yards as a senior, earning him Florida's "Mr. Football" award.

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