Hey folks. There’s been quite a bit of buzz – and rumors – about Glasgow senior quarterback Parker Cash’s health status following a bit of a scare two weeks ago.
I went down to Glasgow on Wednesday and had coach Rick Wood set the record straight. I then received some additional info from Cash’s parents, through Wood, today, so I wanted to pass it along.
All of this info will be in Friday’s Daily News, but there’s a lot more to the story.
I talked to Wood about playing a deceiving Elizabethtown team this week, and I also chatted with running back Jalen Sublett and receiver Lajuan Smith about their increased roles with Cash out.
But for now, here’s the latest on Cash:
Wood confirmed Thursday that Cash will not play Friday against Elizabethtown, through a statement from Cash’s parents.
Cash was forced to leave the Scotties’ game against Green County two weeks ago after taking a hard fall on an onside kick return.
Rumors quickly began that Cash – who has suffered multiple concussions before – injured his head again, Wood said, but that’s not the case.
“When he landed, there were no bodies underneath him, and he landed on his back and shoulder,” Wood said. “I think it just knocked so much breath out of him that he went into a seizure.”
Wood was told by doctors on site that Cash may have been forced into convulsions because of a sudden loss of breath that momentarily stops blood flow to the brain, Wood said. He was told it’s not uncommon for children that fall on playgrounds to endure a similar seizure.
But all tests since have shown no signs of head trauma or a concussion, Wood said.
Cash visited a neurologist at Vanderilt University in Nashville on Wednesday for a second opinion, a consult which his parents, Greg and Jackie, said in an email was “a very good visit.”
“Parker will not be able to play on Friday, but can start getting ready for the playoffs,” the email stated. “Thanks to everyone for your concern and most of all your prayers!!”
So for the time being, Cash will resume throwing without fully practicing, while the Scotties prepare to face winless Elizabethtown at home.
Last week, Glasgow used Smith and senior Blake Copass at quarterback in Cash’s absence. Copass completed 2 of 4 passes for 56 yards and a score, and the Scotties rolled past Metcalfe County, 56-7.