Mauldin released from hospital, not clear if he will play Sunday


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 5:40 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Defensive end Lorenzo Mauldin is known for his ferocity on the field, but now he's making headlines after a scary hit and run accident.

“He is a vital part of our team here at UofL and everyone looks forward to cheering him on. He is a unique player with the dreads, so everyone knows who he is,” student Luke Guhy, said. 

“He put in a lot of work in the off season. He got a lot stronger, a lot faster so I was really looking forward to see what he was going to come out with Sunday,” student John Purcell, said.

Fans are waiting to hear when he will be cleared to play. John Purcell was running on Floyd Street when he saw the aftermath, police and EMS gathered near the Yum training center.

“When I was running past they were lifting him up into the stretcher and then I saw a moped,”  Purcell, said.

Police are still looking for the champagne colored sedan that hit Mauldin.

“It's disgusting. People just hitting other people trying to get around on campus,” Purcell, said.

Purcell said he's noticed more and more students on mopeds.

“Definitely in the past year or so mopeds, bikes, scooters, other forms of transportation have picked up,” Purcell, said.

Coach Strong said Tuesday evening he is not  implementing a new policy regarding mopeds.

“No, I'm not going to have a policy. He has a moped. Guys have bicycles also,” Strong, said. 

As news travels that Mauldin will be okay,  fans continue to wonder about the driver of the car.

“You're possibly hurting someone and risking their lives and you hit them and then you run away and then you don't even own up to your mistakes you know,” student Allie Roth, said.

“Obviously they panicked, freaked out and ran away. A lot of people would say they wouldn't do the same thing but who knows?” Guhy, said.