Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: April 14, 2011 2:44 pm

Injuries force Louisville to 5:30 a.m. practices

Posted by Chip Patterson

Getting Louisville back to the postseason certainly helped Charlie Strong's first year as head coach of the Cardinals feel like a success. Strong knew coming into the 2011 season that reloading and replenishing that squad was going to be a challenge, especially with 14 players sitting out of spring drills with injury. Since the Cardinals kicked off March 21, eight more players have gone down with an injury and now it is becoming difficult to run a complete practice.

The cause of most concern is on the offensive line, where Louisville is already inexperienced with only one returning starter. Because of the injuries, the Cardinals only have seven healthy offensive lineman. Because there are no other options, Strong was forced to move the practice time to accomodate the class schedules of thoese lineman. Which for Thursday's workout meant practice was rescheduled for 5:30 a.m..

Strong told the media that the injuries have also forced Louisville's spring game on Friday night to be restricted to simple offense-defense drills . With 22 roster players out of pads, and only seven healthy offensive lineman, it is difficult to imagine any other way to display game situtaions for your fans.

The biggest loser in all this is the fans. Strong kept his spring practices closed to media and public, and Friday night is going to be the first glimpse of the 2011 Cardinals. However, little can be drawn from scrimmages that include very few of the faces you will see in the fall.

Posted on: September 11, 2010 4:23 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 5:45 pm

Notre Dame's Crist leaves game with injury

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Brian Kelly has his first injured quarterback as head coach of Notre Dame .  After leading the Irish to a scoring drive and a 7-0 lead against Michigan on Saturday in South Bend, Dayne Crist appeared to hurt himself on a quarterback sneak on Notre Dame's next drive.  While replays didn't show exactly what happened, Crist seemed to take a blow on the head.

Notre Dame coaches were then seen waving smelling salts under Crist's nose on the sideline.

Crist was replaced by Tommy Rees who had his first pass intercepted, and Michigan tied the game on a touchdown pass on the first play after.  Rees would come out for Notre Dame's next drive while Crist stood on the sideline with his helmet on.  Nate Montana -- you may have heard of his father, some guy named Joe -- would then come out for the next Notre Dame drive, a quick three and out.

According to NBC commentator Tom Hammond, Crist is having trouble seeing out of his right eye.  He is not expected to return in the first half, and Notre Dame is being awfully quiet about the injury.

UPDATE: Crist returned to the game as Notre Dame's quarterback to start the second half

Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:55 am
Edited on: September 1, 2010 8:59 am

Starting/Sitting: Ole Miss, Clemson

Posted by Chip Patterson

Yesterday we found out that the NCAA had denied Jeremiah Masoli's waiver request for immediate eligibility, leaving him sidelined for the 2010 season unless Ole Miss successfully appeals the decision.  The Rebels suffered another blow to their lineup on Tuesday, being forced to sit defensive end Kentrell Lockett for the season opener with a heart condition.

Lockett, the senior team captain, was sidelined from practice with an irregular heartbeat and after undergoing tests has been ruled out for the opener against Jacksonville State with no timetable of return.  There is no timetable for his return though he is in stable condition.
Head athletic trainer Tim Mullins said Lockett has a “rhythm problem” with his heart. He began experiencing it during Saturday’s scrimmage and was immediately cared for by local doctors. He has since seen heart rhythm specialists in Memphis and now in Cleveland, Ohio.Sophomore Gerald Rivers will start in Lockett's place and coach Houston Nutt mentioned that Jason Jones could expect to see some significant time as well.

"It’s all hands on deck," Nutt said. "You’ve got to work by committee now.”

In Ingram-esque knee surgery news, Clemson starting linebacker Brandon Maye will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday and miss the Tigers' season opener against North Texas on Saturday.  Maye participated fully in practice as recently as Monday, but head coach Dabo Swinney seems confident that he will return to the lineup, possibly in time for the Presbyterian game September 11.
"Brandon just finished the best camp of his career," said Swinney. "He had some swelling on Monday and Tuesday and after an MRI it was determined he needed arthroscopic surgery."Maye will be replaced by Tig Willard at weakside linebacker.  After redshirting the 2008 sesaon, Willard made 10 tackles in 32 special teams plays last season.  Willard also has a family tradition to uphold in Death Valley, being the nephew of former Clemson defensive tackle Richard McCullough. 


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