Bobby Roundtree, Illinois star, suffers severe spinal injury in swimming accident

Ruben Hill
May 22, 2019

IL defensive end Bobby Roundtree was speaking, eating and sitting up after severely injuring his spine in a weekend swimming accident near his Florida home, a school spokesman said Monday.

"Bobby Roundtree is exactly what you want in a student-athlete", Illini head coach Lovie Smith said in a statement released by the school.

Hopefully Roundtree makes as quick a recovery as possible and doesn't suffer from any of the long-lasting effects that stem from these injuries.

The team said in the release, Monday, that surgery was conducted on Sunday and Roundtree is now recovering at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor, Florida. "He is a hard worker, dependable, a dedicated student and a leader". IL coach Lovie Smith, defensive line coach Austin Clark and an athletic trainer went to Florida to be with Roundtree, per 247.

The Athletic reported that Roundtree can talk, sit up and eat solid foods and that Smith intends to stay with Roundtree and his family for a few days.

Roundtree has started 20 of 24 games in two seasons with the Illini, making 116 tackles, including 16.5 for loss and 11.5 sacks. Roundtree earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in 2018, when he recorded 66 tackles and led the team in sacks (7.5) tackles for loss (12.5) and pass breakups (7).

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