Tag:SEC
Posted on: November 11, 2009 10:03 pm
 

Greg Hardy out for year... Out of 1st Rd too?

Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy is expected to miss the rest of the 2009 season due to a broken left wrist. The injury occurred earlier in the year, but was made worse in Saturday's matchup with Northern Arizona. Hardy, according to head coach Houston Nutt, will undergo surgery on the wrist tomorrow. His collegiate career appears over.

The 6-4, 265 pound Hardy is a dominating force when healthy. The problem is, he's never made it through an entire season with the Rebels, battling multiple foot injuries before the fractured wrist.

He led the Rebels in sacks this season (5) and had 26.5 for his career. Injuries kept him from starting a single game as a junior (and only four as a sophomore) but in the 19 games in which he played, Hardy registered 18.5 sacks, earning all-conference accolades from league coaches after both seasons.

In an era of pure speed rushers, Hardy's size, strength and hand technique made him unique. He enjoyed some of his most impressive games against the SEC's top tackles. His 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and multiple hurries of Tim Tebow were a primary reason for the Rebels' stunning victory over Florida last year.

NFLDraftScout.com has ranked him as the top defensive end of the 2010 senior class from the beginning -- and from a talent standpoint he deserves to remain there even with this latest injury.

For all of his talent, however, Hardy's lack of durability and off-beat personality is certain to drop him on draft day. Few players in league history will have been more scrutinized (both medically and in interviews) at the Combine. It will take a confident team, indeed, willing to spend a first round pick on a player who has never made it through a full collegiate season healthy.

In a draft destined to be known for great defensive linemen (principally Ndamukong Suh and potentially Gerald McCoy), Greg Hardy remains the enigma. If he can ever recover his health, he could be prove to be the best pass rusher from this class.


Posted on: November 9, 2009 2:39 pm
 

LSU: RB Charles Scott done for the year

LSU has announced via their website that senior running back Charles Scott, ranked as high as second this season at the position by NFLDraftScout.com, will miss the rest of the year due to the broken clavicle (collarbone) he suffered in the second half of Saturday's showdown with Alabama.

Ironically enough, the injury occurred on Scott's most impressive play of the game, a 34-yard run in the third quarter.

The loss of Scott is a significant blow to the LSU offense and further weakens an already shaky senior running back class. Buffalo's James Starks, viewed as a potential mid round pick prior to the season, underwent surgery to correct a labrum tear back in August.

A broken clavicle rarely requires surgery. Typically, the rehabilitation begins with a simple sling and pain medication, so that the broken bone has the time to heal itself. Typical recovery time is 6-12 weeks, though if muscles around the bone were torn, the rehabiliation can take much longer. Scott's injury will be an obvious focal point for the team doctors and x-ray technicians at the Combine.

Scott led the Tigers with 83 yards against the Tide and was leading the team in rushing for the season (542 yards and 4 TDs). He finishes his LSU career sixth on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,372 rushing yards. Scott rushed for 1,174 and a conference-leading 18 rushing touchdowns in 2008, earning first all-SEC accolades by the coaches.
Posted on: September 2, 2009 1:02 pm
 

Tennessee C McNeil's career "probably over"

Despite starting 35 consecutive games for the Volunteers, center Josh McNeil's recurring knee injuries are expected to keep him off the team this year, and according to head coach Lane Kiffin, may prematurely end his career.

Kiffin made the announcement to media Tuesday after it was discovered that McNeil would once again have to undergo surgery on his knees. The preseason second-team All-SEC pick and preseason Outland Trophy prospect had his knee scoped last week and doctors found his knee to be in such poor shape that according to Kiffin "...Now they're looking at a longer surgery to go back and do some more stuff - a surgery that would take a long time to even have because the things they'd have to get to have the surgery done."

"There's a good chance Josh won't be playing for us, and probably won't play football ever again, unfortunately," Kiffin said.

Specifics of the MRI were not released. However, the finality of Kiffin's comments certainly make it appear that McNeil has a long way to go before there is any chance of his playing in the NFL.

The fall from NFL graces for McNeil has been both quick and steep. McNeil had petitioned the NFL Advisory Committee after last year for an early prognosis of his grade (reportedly earning a 5th-7th round grade) and signed with Tennessee as the top-ranked center prospect in the country amid great fanfare.

 
 
 
 
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