San Jose State LB Jared Leaf is in critical condition after suffering second-degree burns in an apartment fire.
The fire happened last week at Leaf's apartment near campus. His family released a statement Monday that said they expected Leaf to make a full recovery. The family said Leaf is still in critical condition and only immediate family may visit him because of the risk of infection.
"We would especially like to acknowledge the absolutely amazing staff at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Burn Center," the statement said. "Their passion and optimism along with positive feedback and forthcoming information and accommodation has made us feel included in the process. We feel very fortunate that Jared is in their care.
"We would also like to thank the Coaching Staff at SJSU, who have been here everyday to support Jared and our family. Their genuine concern and positive encouragement are extremely appreciated. Jared's teammates have been a great sense of support, as well, visiting our family often and showing their love for Jared.
"Jared is still in critical condition and due to the risk of infection, he is not accepting visitors other than immediate family at this point in time.
"Jared has a long road ahead of him, but we are confident he will recover with all of the continued support of family, friends, the SJSU community and the wonderful staff that are working so hard to make sure his recovery is successful."
A Facebook page was also created to keep people updated on Leaf's condition.
Leaf transferred from Hawaii before the 2013 season and sat out because of transfer rules. As a redshirt freshman at Hawaii, he was a backup running back and played on special teams. He had five total tackles and a forced fumble in 12 games.
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