Zack Darlington, Nebraska’s quarterback pledge for the 2014 recruiting class, left the field Saturday on a stretcher and was loaded onto a helicopter after hitting his head on the turf in the fourth quarter of his first game as a senior.
Darlington was trying to lead Apopka (Fla.) on a game-tying touchdown drive when he was hit near the sideline by a defender for the home team, Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes. Darlington’s head bounced hard off the turf. ESPN, which televised the game nationally, reported that Darlington had been knocked unconscious by the hit. The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder was put onto a stretcher, stabilized with a neck brace and taken to an adjacent baseball field to wait for a helicopter from Spartanburg Regional Hospital.