Wednesday, July 18, 2007


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.

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.

Alcohol was not a factor, the Florida Highway Patrol said although they speculated that the three had smoked some “awesome weed” and actually had the wreck on the “way to get beer.”

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