Sept. 29, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - Randy Fasani, Stanford's starting quarterback through the first three games of the 2000 season, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee earlier today at the Stanford Hospital. Fasani, who had the same knee surgically reconstructed in high school, suffered a "strained ligament and torn cartilage of the left knee," according to Dr. Gary Fanton, Stanford's team orthopedic surgeon.
"Surgery was successfully performed today and consisted of a further exam of his knee under anesthesia and arthroscopic evaluation," said Fanton. "A torn cartilage was treated arthroscopically. We are also very pleased to report thatany new injury to the ACL graft was much less than we feared and that his recovery should be much faster than previously thought. Injuries of this nature typically recover in the range of 3 to 5 weeks (depending upon how quickly strength and motion improves). A full recovery to Randy's preinjury status is expected," he said.
Fasani suffered the injury on September 16 in Stanford's 27-24 win over Texas at Stanford Stadium. "Tests after the injury (exam, xray, and MRI) suggested possible damage to his cartilage (meniscus)and anterior cruciate ligament," said Fanton.
Fasani, a senior with two years of eligibility remaining, redshirted the 1997 season as a true freshman, then played a backup role in '98 and '99. In three starts this season, he completed 37-of-71 passes for 664 yards and six touchdowns. He is currently first in the Pac-10 and fifth in the nation in pass efficiency (155.7 rating) and second in the conference and 27th nationally in total offense (232.33 ypg).
Sophomore Chris Lewis, who replaced Fasani in the first quarter against Texas, has been named the Cardinal's starter in Fasani's absence.
"Randy has a great work-ethic and a tremendous will to be the best he can be," said Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham. "I know Randy will work through this injury and do everything he can to get back on the field as quickly as possible. Randy's positive attitude is an example to others who incur difficult situations," said Willingham.