Posted on: February 13, 2011 1:29 pm

Arizona State RB shot in buttocks

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I imagine that it's never a good thing to be shot, but that if you had to choose an area of your body to take a bullet, I'm guessing your rear end would probably be the best place to do so. There are no vital organs, and there's plenty of fatty tissue to absorb the blow. So, I guess in that sense, Arizona State running back Deantre Lewis is lucky.

Lewis was shot in the buttocks on Saturday.
Arizona State running back Deantre Lewis was injured in a random shooting Saturday in his hometown of Norco, Calif.
According to Facebook posts from teammates, Lewis was shot in the buttocks. His injuries are not considered life threatening, and Lewis is recovering in a local hospital.
Arizona State confirmed the shooting, and while the school wouldn't give any details behind the shooting, they did say that Lewis was home visiting his family when it occurred. Lewis is coming off an impressive freshman season, in which he finished second on the team in rushing with 539 yards and 4 touchdowns. He also caught 23 passes for another 370 yards and 2 touchdowns.

There's no word on whether or not this injury will affect Lewis' availability for spring practice.
Posted on: February 12, 2011 1:11 pm

USC's Kyle Prater has a foot fracture

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Kyle Prater came to USC from suburban Chicago last year as one of the top wide receivers in the class of 2010. Unfortunately for Prater, after enrolling last spring, he suffered through a myriad of leg injuries and spend the 2010 season as a redshirt. Now, to make matters worse for Prater, 2011 is off to a very similar start.

Prater suffered a foot fracture during offseason workouts, and he's going to be out for 6 to 8 weeks. Which means that he's going to miss most of spring practice, if not all of it. The injury may also require surgery.

The good news for Prater is that once his foot does heal, he'll still be expected to compete for a starting job with the Trojans this fall. Which won't be easy considering he'll be competing with Robert Woods, Brandon Carswell, Markeith Ambles and incoming freshman George Farmer. The question is whether or not he's going to be able to stay healthy enough to do it. It's a bit early to call the kid "injury-prone," but considering the amount of leg injuries he's had during his first 12 months at the school, things aren't off to an encouraging start. Hopefully time will prove that these injuries have been nothing but a fluke, and he'll soon be able to live up to the hype he receieved out of high school.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 1:18 pm

Randy Edsall bans scooters at Maryland

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Injuries are a part of football, and for the most part, there isn't much that a coach can do to prevent a player from getting hurt while on the field. There are injuries that happen off the field, however, that can be avoided. For instance, this season Maryland lost not one, but two players to injury thanks to scooter accidents. Offensive lineman Pete DeSouza broke both of his legs in a scooter accident, and cornerback Dexter McDougle and defensive end Isaiah Ross were involved in another accident, with McDougle breaking his clavicle.

So new head coach Randy Edsall has decided to put the parking brake down on scooter use by his players, banning his team from using them.
The new Terrapin football coaching staff has banned players from owning motorized scooters, several members of the team confirmed last night.
Coach Randy Edsall informed players of his decision Jan. 23, one day before the start of spring classes. The ban, which was to be enacted immediately, follows a harrowing fall for the team that saw three players injured in two separate scooter-related accidents.
Which is a move that makes sense. You can't control the injuries on the field, but you can keep your players from crashing scooters if you don't allow them to ride scooters in the first place. Plus walking everywhere is an excellent way to stay in shape during the offseason. Which probably bothers some of the players, but if DeSouza is cool with it, then the rest of the team should be too. 

"[Edsall] just wants to keep us safe. He's a new coach; you have to follow his rules," DeSouza told the school newspaper. "I don't think anyone was mad. Everyone just wants to win, so we'll follow his rules."
Posted on: January 30, 2011 12:52 pm

Greg McElroy breaks bone in throwing hand

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy is on his way to the NFL, but his journey there may have just gotten a bit more complicated. McElroy played for the South team in Saturday's Senior Bowl and did not leave the game unscathed, breaking a bone in his throwing hand. On the first play of the fourth quarter, McElroy completed a pass to South Alabama's Courtney Smith but hit his hand on a helmet during his follow through.

"I had no feeling the rest of the series," said McElroy. "The ball was kind of sporadic. I couldn't get a grip on the ball. I still can't get a grip on the ball. I think it will be OK."

According to McElroy's father, x-rays showed that a bone near his thumb was cracked. The injury will keep McElroy from being able to throw a ball for about two weeks, but the good news for him is that the NFL combine doesn't start until February 23. The bone should be good enough to allow McElroy to throw by then, but still, this isn't exactly the kind of thing you want happening when preparing yourself for the NFL draft.
Posted on: January 6, 2011 12:06 pm

Very good news about Eric LeGrand

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In October, Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand was covering a kickoff against Army when he took a hit.  A hit that left him paralyzed and doctors suspected would keep him from ever walking again.  Since then, however, LeGrand has been making progress in his recovery.  Doctors have changed the diagnosis of his paralysis to incomplete, and he's been able to breathe on his own without a ventilator since late November.

Which is great news, but the news seems to keep getting better for LeGrand.  According to the Newark Star-Ledger, LeGrand now has movement in his shoulders and "full sensation" throughout his body.  He previously only had feeling in his hands.

All of which is fantastic news for LeGrand, his family, Rutgers and college football fans in general.

LeGrand recently gave his first interview since being paralyzed, and it will be aired on ESPN on Friday morning.  In the interview LeGrand said that when he was carted off the field during that October game, he wanted to give the crowd a thumbs up, but felt like "1,000 pounds was on his thumb."

Posted on: December 29, 2010 1:01 pm

Geno Smith to have surgery on his foot

Posted by Tom Fornelli

West Virginia's season came to a disappointing end on Tuesday night when the Mountaineers lost to N.C. State 23-7 in the Champs Sports Bowl. While quarterback Geno Smith was probably disappointed at the way he and the team played in the game, I'm guessing there was a part of him who was also relieved to know the year had come to an end.  

As it turns out, Smith played the entire season with a stress fracture in his left foot.  A stress fracture he'll now be having surgery on in January to repair, which is a bit of a blow to both Smith and the West Virginia offense.  

You see, Smith had surgery to repair another stress fracture in the same foot last season and missed spring practice because of it.  Making things worse is the fact that if Smith is forced to miss spring practice again in 2011, he'll be missing out on a lot of time spent learning the new system that offensive coordinator/head coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen will be implementing.

Not exactly ideal circumstances for West Virginia, Smith or Holgorsen.

I have a feeling that Smith may be held out of spring practice next year because, after suffering the fracture two years in a row, odds are that West Virginia will want to make sure the foot is fully recovered before letting Smith test it out on a football field. After all, it's better to have a healthy quarterback in the fall who missed a few practices than an injured one all season.
Posted on: December 27, 2010 11:40 am

Janoris Jenkins to miss Outback Bowl

Posted by Tom Fornelli

We already know that the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day will be Urban Meyer's last game coaching the Florida Gators, and now it sounds like Florida's top cornerback may have already played his final game as well.  Janoris Jenkins had surgery on his right shoulder following the Florida State game, and according to a team spokesman, he has not made the trip to Tampa with the team this week and will not be playing in the game.

He may still make the trip to Tampa this weekend to be with the team, though.

Jenkins, a junior, is considered the top NFL prospect on the team this season and has been projected as a first round draft pick if he decides to leave school early and declare for the NFL draft.  Of course, whether or not he'll leave school will depend on a few factors like the health of his shoulder and a possible NFL lockout next season.

Jenkins won't be the only member of the Gators missing the Outback Bowl thanks to an injury, as the team will also be without RG Maurice Hurt, DT Lawrence Marsh and DT Terron Sanders all had surgery as well.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 12:05 pm

WVU to be without Brandon Hogan in bowl game

Posted by Tom Fornelli

When West Virginia takes on North Carolina State in the Champs Sports Bowl it's going to have quite a void to fill in its secondary.  Head coach -- for now -- Bill Stewart announced during his press conference on Tuesday that the team's top cornerback, Brandon Hogan, will not be playing in the game thanks to a torn ACL.

"It just kills me, but not near as bad as it kills him," Stewart said on Tuesday. "Brandon Hogan played with a bicep injury, one in which many wouldn't have played with -- that's how tough the kid is. I was holding out hope that he would be ready to play in this football game, for his sake and for the seniors' sake. He's such an important cog on this defense."

Hogan suffered the injury during West Virginia's final game of the season against Rutgers on December 4th.  The team had been hoping that Hogan would be able to put off surgery on the knee until after the game, but that's obviously not going to happen at this point.  Stewart said that either sophomore Pat Miller or freshman Brodrick Jones will start in Hogan's place, and that the team may blitz more to try and make up for Hogan's absence.

Why he'd give away that strategy during a press conference, I don't know.

This won't be the first game Hogan has missed this season, as he was suspended earlier this season following a DUI arrest.  Hogan finishes his senior season with 37 tackles and 3 interceptions.
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