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CORAL GABLES – The University of Miami football team has lost  senior linebacker Raphael Kirby for the rest of the season.

The team announced Sunday that the senior caption will miss the remainder of the season with a right knee injury he suffered during the Hurricanes’ 30-20 win over Virginia Tech.

“We are tremendously disappointed for Raphael Kirby,” said head coach Al Golden. “He is the true definition of a leader on the field, in the community and in the classroom. His commitment to our team and our goals has been unquestioned over his career and he will be sorely missed. We will support Raphael through his recovery as we continue to lean on his leadership for our team. ”

Kirby has started in 19-consecutive games dating back to last season. He currently leads the team in total tackles with 44.

Prior to season, Kirby was among 51 players named to the preseason watch list for the 2015 Butkus Award, honoring the nation’s top linebacker.

Kirby entered the fall as one of the team’s most experienced veterans. The Stone Mountain, Ga., native finished 2014 with 54 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

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