Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Louisville's starting defensive end hospitalized after moped accident

Lorenzo Mauldin is "alert and responsive" after being hit by a car. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

A starting defensive end for the University of Louisville football team is "alert and responsive" after he was hit by a car Tuesday morning while riding his moped back to his dorm room following a visit to the team's practice facility.

Witnesses say Junior Lorenzo Mauldin was the victim of a hit-and-run accident after reportedly being struck by a champagne-colored sedan or compact car.

The Atlanta native was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and was held overnight for observation and precautionary reasons. The extent of his injuries have not been revealed.

Mauldin, who is listed as a starter on the team's depth chart, recorded a team-high 4.5 sacks for the Cardinals last season and 6.5 tackles for loss.

His status for No. 9 Louisville's season opener against Ohio University on Sunday is unknown.

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