Keyarris Garrett, Tulsa's top wide receiver, to miss rest of season

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Tulsa has lost starting wide receiver Keyarris Garrett for the rest of the season. He was the Golden Hurricane's leading receiver last season.

Garrett (6-feet-4, 221 pounds), a junior, suffered a compound fracture of his lower left leg after catching a 7-yard pass on Tulsa's game-winning drive Saturday night against Colorado State. Two plays after his catch, Tulsa booted a final-play field goal for the win.

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A school release said Garrett had surgery Saturday night and that there was no possibility of a return this season.

Garrett led Tulsa in receptions (67), receiving yards (845) and touchdown catches (nine) last fall.

"Losing Keyarris -- let's not downplay this," quarterback Cody Green told the Tulsa World. "It's going to hurt. He's a deep threat. Big, physical guy."

Senior Jordan James (6-2, 210) likely becomes Tulsa's go-to receiver now; he was third on the team in receptions last season. Sophomore Derek Patterson's importance also increases; his uncle, Keith, is West Virginia's defensive coordinator. In addition, Tulsa uses its tailbacks frequently in the passing game.

Mike Huguenin can be reached at mike.huguenin@nfl.com. You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.

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