NEW YORK - When she heard Tulane safety Devon Walker had suffered a spinal cord injury, Karen LeGrand said it brought back a rush of awful memories,
Having gone through it with her son, former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand, she couldn't help but think of Walker's mother, Inez, who was home in Louisiana when her son was injured during a game at Tulsa.
"My heart just dropped and I felt for his mom," LeGrand said Tuesday.
Walker was hurt while trying to make a tackle Saturday. He underwent three hours of surgery the next day and was in stable condition Monday at a Tulsa hospital. The long-term prognosis is still not clear.
Eric LeGrand, now a radio announcer for Rutgers games, injured his spine in 2010 while making a tackle during a game against Army. He was paralyzed below the shoulders and may spend the rest of his life breathing with the aid of a ventilator.
Karen LeGrand said she has reached out to the Walkers through Tulane and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which raises money for research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
Road tough for Irish
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The road ahead for Notre Dame is about to get tough.
The 20th-ranked Fighting Irish (2-0) play at No. 10 Michigan State (2-0) on Saturday, the first of three road games this season against teams now in the top 10. The Irish play at No. 5 Oklahoma on Oct. 27 and at No. 2 USC in the regular-season finale.
Notre Dame is 2-11 on the road against top 10 teams since Lou Holtz left in 1996.
"You'd better be physically tough and mentally tough, or you're going to get run out of the stadium," Irish coach Brian Kelly said.
He said he saw mental toughness in last week's 20-17 comeback win over Purdue as backup QB Tommy Rees led the Irish on a long drive for a winning field goal.
• Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings, suspended for two games after being charged in the offseason for domestic violence, will be back on the field Saturday against Florida Atlantic along with linebacker Chase Vasser (DUI arrest).
• Mississippi defensive back Trae Elston was suspended for one game by the Southeastern Conference for a "flagrant and dangerous" hit near the end of the Rebels' win over UTEP.
• Michigan defensive end Frank Clark pleaded guilty to one felony count of second-degree home invasion after taking a laptop from a dorm room June 14.
• South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, who faces UAB on Saturday, is one win away from 200 victories in his college coaching career.