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Bakersfield's Asauni Rufus is off to a good start in Reno at the University of Nevada.

John Harte / Special to The Californian

Former Bakersfield High standout and Nevada junior safety Asauni Rufus said surgery “was a complete success” following a gruesome injury suffered Saturday night at Boise State.

Rufus, the 2013 BVarsity Football Player of the Year, after leading the Drillers to the CIF State Division I championship during his senior year at BHS, broke his tibia and fibula after a Boise State player landed on his left leg during the second half of the Mountain West Conference game.

Rufus was carted off the field and had surgery on Sunday in Reno.

“For everyone wondering, I completely broke my tibia and fibula,” Rufus said in a statement posted on his Twitter account on Sunday. “I had surgery (Sunday) to put a metal rod through my tibia, the surgery was a complete success and couldn’t have gone better.

“While it was a gruesome injury, the recovery can take anywhere from (3 to 4) months.”

Rufus’ dad, Curtis, told The Californian that there was no ligament damage.

“I’m incredibly blessed to have all of the love and support of everyone back home in Bakersfield and here in my second home of Reno,” Rufus continued to state on his Twitter page. “I can’t begin to express how grateful I am.

“I will take this minor set back and turn it into my advantage. There’s no doubt that I will become a better person and player after dealing with this situation.”

Rufus has one more year of playing eligibility at Nevada.

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