So, how could a player who had a knee injury in practice and is out for the rest of the season be a winner?
There are two reasons that Jerrell Gavins is on the better side of this list.
First, in just three games Gavins led his team and was among the top players in the NCAA in interceptions with three. Gavins also had three tackles in each game he played in with nine total, and he had a pass defended in each game as well culminating in three overall.
Second, obviously it is extremely unfortunate that Gavins is out for the season. You can't help but feel bad for the young man, but he is lucky he got hurt when he did.
Gavins is eligible for a red-shirt year, and if he had played in a fourth game, the year would have been used up. So, even though this year is lost, there is some good news that he will be able to rehab and come back next year.
Hopefully, Gavins will be able to return to form and come back with the enthusiasm for the game that he showed to start this season, and there is no doubt he is a winner in my book.