DUNCAN, S.C. -- Nebraska quarterback commitment Zack Darlington was taken to a hospital by helicopter after a violent hit in his high school game Saturday, according to an ESPN report. As the game ended between Darlington's Apopka (Fla.) and Byrnes (S.C.), the customary handshake line turned to watch the rising Spartanburg Regional Medical One helicopter carrying Darlington leave the practice field. A concussion was the early diagnosis, and doctors said they would prefer to keep him at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for 24-48 hours. Rick Darlington, Zack's father and Apopka's coach, drove with family members to the hospital. Darlington was hit near the sideline in the fourth quarter. Multiple sources said he was unconscious for a period of time and lay motionless as he was put onto a stretcher with a brace around his neck. A few hours after the game, Apopka athletic director Fred Priest said Darlington was talking and had movement. Darlington has battled previous injuries. He was helped off the field at the end of the second quarter with an apparent shoulder injury.
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