Australian rugby player trying to win role as Cincinnati linebacker has knee surgery

An Australian rugby player who is trying to make the transition to college football will miss his freshman season after having surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Lindsay Crook hurt his knee during a non-contact drill during the Bearcats' first practice for fall football. He'll have a redshirt season, leaving him with four years of eligibility.

Crook was a high-level rugby player in Australia who wanted to try to play football in the United States. He enrolled at Cincinnati, which gave him a chance to earn a spot as a linebacker.

Crook had been a member of the Australian national sevens team since 2011.