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Coach Joe Kinnan said Lauro, a senior wide receiver/running back, underwent successful surgery Monday to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. Lauro suffered the knee Sept. 28 at Southeast.
"It's unfortunate that it happened," Kinnan said. "He's certainly had his fair share of injuries."
Lauro missed most of his sophomore season after tearing a meniscus and breaking the tibia in his right leg, and he underwent meniscus surgery against last year following December's Class 7A state final. Lauro had two touchdowns in the win over Jacksonville First Coast and led Manatee in receptions (51) while scoring 14 touchdowns last year and rushing for 631 yards.
"You're taking a lot of offense out of the mix," Kinnan said. "However, we have a lot of very talented people at the skill positions."
Manatee is 5-0 and ranked No.1 nationally by MaxPreps and USA Today thanks in part to an offense paced by quarterback Cord Sandberg and fueled by running back Trevon Walters (395 rushing yards, 19 receptions) and receivers Brodrick Yancy (12 catches) and Marquel Hines (12 catches, five touchdowns).
Kelvin McKnight started in Lauro's place Friday and had a rushing and receiving touchdown at Braden River.
"He's Ace Sanders' first cousin," Kinnan said of McKnight, "and he looks a lot like Ace."
Lauro earned scholarship offers from Akron and Western Kentucky last March, but the injury may impact his playing future.
"A lot of people were waiting to see how we would perform in his senior year," Kinnan said. "If he gets healthy and put this behind him, he can be a very good contributing player."
That said, replacing Lauro won't be easy.
"What he did was make the people around him better because of his work ethic," Kinnan said. "It's unfortunate."