MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Kapron Lewis-Moore laid on the field at Sun Life Stadium, writhing in pain as Alabama was inflicting it on Notre Dame. The fifth-year defensive end, playing in his final collegiate contest, suffered what coach Brian Kelly deemed a "significant" knee injury.
He missed the rest of the game, only able to watch from the sidelines as Alabama rolled past the Irish to win a championship.
"It just sucks," Lewis-Moore said. "You want to be out there and play. This is not how I wanted to end my fifth-year season."
The extent of Lewis-Moore's injury isn't known yet, but if he requires major surgery, it'll significantly hurt his draft stock. Lewis-Moore wasn't going to be a top pick in April, but now, he may have to fight just to make an NFL roster.
"Of course there's concern," he said. "But we'll see what happens. Hopefully it doesn't, but sometimes life throws you curveballs, you just gotta adjust to it."
Lewis-Moore worked his way to be named one of Notre Dame's four captains this season, and endeared himself to fans as one of the more visible players around campus. Monday began with plenty of promise for the Weatherford, Texas native, but wound up ending in about the worst way possible.
"It just sucks," Lewis-Moore repeated. "I hate to go out like this."