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June 30, 2005

Geer faces early setback

A member of the 2005 signing class, Riar Geer is just days away from departure.

"I'm going up to CU this weekend actually," said the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder from Fruita (Colo.) Monument. "I'm taking a Math and History summer course."

"I'm kind of anxious," he added. "I have been waiting for this for a long time. I'm ready to get it started."

Unfortunately for Geer, he faces an early setback.

"I have been lifting, staying in shape and getting myself prepared mentally," Geer expressed. "I did all that and then I ended up breaking my arm a couple days ago."

"I was playing basketball when I injured it," he continued. "I went up for a shot, came down and landed funny and rolled my ankle. My ankle was hurting real bad and I didn't notice my wrist until about an hour later and I couldn't move it at all. I decided to go get it checked out and it ended up being broken."

Geer fractured his scaphoid bone, one of eight carpal bones that fit between the forearm and hand bones. The scaphoid sits below the thumb, and is shaped something like a kidney bean.

"It's probably going to take a while to recover because it's a really awkward bone and takes a long time to heal," he explained.

The injury changes Geer's goals for his first year on campus. "Now I just want to get through the first year without anything going wrong, getting myself acclimated to being away from home and in a different atmosphere," he said. "I am going to take this year off and learn as much as I can about the offense and get as strong as I can, too."

With Joe Klopfenstein and Quinn Sypniewski gone at season's end, Geer and Western Michigan transfer Tyson DeVree figure to be the only scholarship tight ends on the depth chart for spring ball in 2006.


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