The injury to N.C. State running back James Washington looked serious when it happened Saturday. N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien confirmed the worst on Monday.
Washington's college career is over after tearing the ligaments in his right knee in the third quarter of the Wolfpack's loss to North Carolina.
Washington, a senior, led the team in rushing in 2011 with 897 yards and had 42 catches for 315 yards. An ankle injury cost him three games this season. He finished this season with 77 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown. He also had eight catches for 58 yards.
"I feel so bad for the kid," O'Brien said. "It was his last year and he came back and gave us a spurt there. He looked really good playing in the game and it was something we could use coming down the stretch. I know it's devastating for him."
UNC corner Terry Shankle tackled Washington with 1:13 left in the third quarter on a short pass attempt from Mike Glennon. Washington had to be helped off the field and was in obvious pain. He rushed for 14 yards, on six carries, in Saturday's loss.
Washington's injury is the second hit to N.C. State's depth at running back in as many weeks. O'Brien kicked Mustafa Greene off the team for disciplinary reasons before the Maryland game on Oct. 20.