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‘Big Mac’ itching to get back on field

Steve Yingling

Restricting the “Rolling ball of nails” to the sideline is like being sick on a day your physical education class plays dodgeball.

Spending any part of his senior season at Fresno State on the injured list isn’t what All-American defensive end candidate Garrett McIntyre envisioned.

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound McIntyre may miss his second straight game tonight when the Bulldogs entertain the Toledo Rockets in a nationally televised game.

“This is the worst,” said McIntyre via phone on Monday afternoon. “I’ve had a couple of knee injuries and all I had to do is put a brace on it. The thing about ankles is they don’t heal very fast.

“I just have to get in the game a little bit; it’s hard to sit on sideline and watch the team play.”

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McIntyre suffered a severe high ankle sprain on the final play of the third quarter in Fresno State’s 55-17 season-opening win over Weber State on Sept. 10.

“It could have been worse,” McIntyre said. “My foot was planted on the ground and a lineman fell on my leg; it twisted it in a way it wasn’t supposed to twist.”

As a result, McIntyre missed a tough 37-34 nonconference loss at Oregon the following week.

“There’s no way I could have gone in that game,” McIntyre said. “I think I could made a difference in that game, and there was nothing I could really do about it.

“It’s coming along pretty well … I’ve been running around the last couple of days. All I can really do is work hard in rehab.””

There is hope that McIntyre could see his first action since the injury tonight.

“I’m going to dress out and then we’ll make a game-day decision depending on how it feels,” McIntyre said. “If I do play, it will be in nickel situations, where I may get 20 or 30 plays.”

If he is held out of the game, McIntyre will have some extra time before the Bulldogs play again. Fresno State’s next game is scheduled Oct. 8 at New Mexico State.

Virginia coach Al Groh was the one who referred to McIntyre’s style of play as a “Rolling ball of nails” before his Cavaliers were beaten by the Bulldogs in the MPC Computers Bowl last December. To get on the field tonight, McIntyre will have to be as tough as nails.

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