Missouri coach Barry Odom insists running back Ish Witter went through and passed all concussion protocol before re-entering the Tigers’ game against Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
He also said he didn’t believe Witter ever lost consciousness after a first-half hit that knocked him out of the game for a series. But Tigers defensive lineman Rickey Hatley’s story doesn’t match up.
“I seen him blacked out like he was dead,” Hatley said, via the Columbia Daily Tribune’s Blake Toppmeyer on Twitter.
Rickey Hatley on the hit Ish Witter took Saturday: "I seen him blacked out like he was dead." Nope. He went back in the game.
— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) October 24, 2016
It took some time for Witter to get up after the hit, though he did return to the sidelines under his own power.
— Cameron Redler (@CameronRedler) October 22, 2016
How is Ish Witter still in the game? Didn't he get knocked unconscious?
— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) October 22, 2016
Although Middle Tennessee upset Mizzou, it was no fault of Witter’s. Despite the big hit, he rushed for 121 yards on 19 carries in the 51-45 loss.