Cory Mackay update - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather

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Washington St. football player recovering from surgery following wreck

The Seattle Times is reporting Washington State defensive end Cory Mackay had surgery to fuse two vertebrae following a serious car crash last Thursday.

The newspaper quoted Mackay's father, saying damage to his son's spinal cord is minimal.  He feels tingling in one of his legs and can sense when doctors are pushing on his leg.  His father said Mackay wants to get back on his feet as soon as possible.

Head coach Paul Wulff said Mackay was on his way home to Redmond last Thursday after taking his last final test of the quarter.  A witness to the wreck told state troopers Mackay fell asleep at the wheel of his 2005 Nissan pickup, left the roadway, went over an embankment and rolled.

Mackay was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the accident. 

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Cory and his family at this time," Wulff said.