Tigers Have "Real Deal" in Curtis Steele

As feared the Tigers have lost a 3rd quarterback.

An MRI Monday showed Freshman Tyler Bass did indeed tear his ACL in Saturday's win against Southern Miss.

He will have season ending surgery in a couple of weeks. That puts evens more pressure on the Tigers running game.

Curtis Steele is living up to his nickname "Man of steel".

29 carries for 178 yards and 2 touchdowns Saturday versus Southern Miss earned Steele CUSA offensive Player of the Week.

But more importantly, it helped the Tigers get a much needed win during a difficult period with 3 quarterbacks injured.

"I knew I had to carry the load. That's what we talked about all week. Best win of the season because no thought we could do it," Steele said.

Tigers Head Coach Tommy West said Steele is his Workhorse. He just does not want to work him to death.

"I don't want him carrying the ball 30 times...but we're gonna get 25 carries out of him," West said.

If it was Steele's feet that got the job done. It was the creative play calling of offensive coordinator Clay Helton that formulated the plan.

Without the first and second string quarterbacks, it was imperative to put his players in a position to succeed.

Steele's 237 all-purpose yards in the game was the most since DeAngelo Williams in 2005.

Baring injury, he's on pace to become only the Tigers 4th 1,000 yard rusher in school history.

With this week off, the Tigers have some time to get healthy and begin plotting for SMU November 8th.

A win against the Mustangs would get the Tigers back .500 and keep bowl hopes alive.