Stony Brook football coach Chuck Priore confirmed leading rusher Stacey Bedell and starting cornerback Marvin Hart are out for the rest of this season because of injuries.
Bedell suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of the Seawolves' last game on Oct. 3 at James Madison, and Hart suffered a knee injury in that game.
The loss of Bedell, who averaged 117 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns in the first three games, is critical to the offense because he was a consistent breakaway threat. Bedell is a junior, but Priore said SBU (2-2, 1-2 Colonial) will apply for a medical redshirt and expects to have Bedell for two more seasons.
"It's tough, but I'll be back next year," Bedell said after Tuesday's practice.
Hart is a sophomore who leads the Seawolves with two interceptions and also was their primary kickoff returner.
Heading into the Seawolves' homecoming game against Towson (2-3, 0-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday at LaValle Stadium, their running back situation is complicated by the fact that backups Isaiah White, Donald Liotine and Travis Liburd all missed practice Tuesday while suffering from the flu. Priore was planning to redshirt junior running back Tyler Fredericks but now might be forced to play him Saturday and the rest of this season.