Source: WR Xavier Rush’s Tulane career is over after suffering torn ACL _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane receiver Xavier Rush

Senior wide receiver Xavier Rush’s Tulane career is over after he tore an ACL in practice Wednesday, a source close to the program confirmed to The Advocate.

Rush, from Terry, Mississippi, had to be helped from Yulman Stadium into the training room by two assistants. Although coach Curtis Johnson expressed initial optimism — saying he thought it was just a tweak — Rush actually suffered more serious damage.

Rush, who has started three games this year, is third on the team with 15 receptions, second in receiving yards (295) and first in touchdown catches (three). He has 99 career receptions, including a personal-best 43 catches for 520 yards and five scores in 2012.

Without Rush, a young group of receivers will be even less experienced when Tulane faces Cincinnati at 7 p.m. Friday at Yulman Stadium. Although senior Justyn Shackleford leads the Wave with 24 catches for 342 yards, six of the next seven healthy players on Tulane’s receiving list are freshmen. One of them, Teddy Veal, backs up Rush at one wideout spot.

With 15 catches, Veal is the only healthy wideout other than Shackleford with 10 or more receptions.