USC may be our (and the Associated Press’) preseason No. 1 team, but it’s becoming harder to ignore the depth problems hurting the Trojans before the season even kicks off.
Specifically, the defensive side of the ball has taken an unnecessary hit or two. Defensive end Devon Kennard suffered a torn pectoral muscle during a weightlifting session last month that could sideline him for the entire 2012 season. While Kennard’s status is ultimately TBD, the fate of cornerback Isiah Wiley is more definite.
And it’s not good, either. Wiley has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2012 season.
(There was some good news, as linebacker Marquis Simmons and cornerback Brian Bauchman have been ruled academically eligible.)
Wiley came on in the second half of last season and finished with 39 tackles — 11 of which came against Stanford — and a fumble recovery. He was getting serious looks during fall practices and was likely going to starter for the Trojans.
The injuries on the defensive side of the ball are on top of the scholarship restrictions USC is facing from the NCAA. On offense, Robert Woods is coming back from a linger ankle injury and George Farmer has been dinged up lately.
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m starting to get a little apprehensive about the Trojans’ hype. Every team has injuries to deal with, but not every one has a 75-scholarship cap.
The injury-plagued career of Jordan Sherit (pictured, right) has come to an end because of, you guessed it, another injury.
Sherit suffered an injury in last Saturday’s loss to Texas A&M that dropped Florida 1½ games behind Georgia in the SEC’s East division. Wednesday, Jim McElwain confirmed that the starting defensive end will miss the remainder of the year after undergoing season-ending hip surgery because of the injury sustained in that game.
As this is the lineman’s final season of eligibility, the collegiate portion of his playing career is over as well.
“It’s a bad deal, man,” the head coach said of the situation.
Sherit’s 2.5 sacks are currently second on the Gators, while his five tackles for loss are tied for third. The redshirt senior missed a handful of games in the 2014 and 2016 seasons because of a variety of injuries. He also missed the last half of his senior season of high school because of a torn ACL
Over the past calendar year, Seth Collins hasn’t caught many breaks health-wise. This week, that unfortunate luck continued.
Oregon State has announced that Collins will be sidelined indefinitely because of what was described as a health-related issue by the football program. The wide receiver did not play in last Saturday’s game because of an unspecified illness.
Per the school, this illness is not related to the unspecified health event last season that left him hospitalized and caused him to miss not only the last two games of 2016 but spring practice this year as well.
“Losing Seth sucks,” quarterback Darell Garretson said according to The Oregonian. “I love that kid to death. It brings me a bunch of pain and a lot of emotion thinking about it. Obviously, I hope he gets his year back. I think he is going to.”
The good news, such as it is, is that Collins, a true junior, could pick up another season of eligibility as he missed the first three games of this year because of an injury unrelated to the twin illnesses.
Despite missing more than half of the Beavers’ games, Collins is currently tied for fifth on the team in receptions with 12 and sixth in receiving yards with 130. Prior to the latest illness cropping up, he set a season-high with 91 yards in the Week 6 loss to USC.
Last season, his first as a receiver after converting from quarterback, Collins was second on the team in catches (36) and yards (418).
In terms of accomplishments as a college football player, few coaches have the resume of Scott Frost.
After all, the now-UCF head coach won a national title back in 1997 with Nebraska and compiled a 24-2 record as a starter with the Cornhuskers. What made him so dangerous? Well, he was the perfect fit for the team’s triple option offense and was one of the best in terms of using his arm and his legs in leading the team to all those wins.
“I love option football,” Frost told the Associated Press “I lived it. I feel like option quarterbacks now are kind of like giant pandas, they only exist in zoos and military academies now.”
That’s particularly relevant this week, as his Knights are set to play Navy on Saturday in a huge AAC matchup that will have an impact on who receives this year’s Group of Five bid. Given how well the boss is at running the option, it seems he decided to put on a helmet and run the scout team offense to better prepare his defense for what they’ll see out of the Midshipmen and signal-caller Zach Abey.
From the looks of things, Frost still has it even if he’s got 20 years on his players.
Recruiting never stops, even for a blue-blood like Ohio State. That’s one reason why the team is reportedly set to go with an all-gray alternate uniform for the team’s biggest game of the year when Penn State rolls into Columbus.
Team site Eleven Warriors posted that they have obtained images of the retail uniforms the Buckeyes are set to wear, which includes a top that is completely gray with only a sliver of scarlet for the team’s logo on the chest:
OSU opting for alternate uniforms in big games is nothing new for the program under Urban Meyer, especially since a new Nike deal kicked in a while back. They donned some for the Michigan game last season and have worn several versions in other contests. This latest monochrome look, which is still a report and subject to change mind you, still seems a bit bland all things considered.
If nothing else, it could make things very hard for the broadcasters despite all eyes being on the horseshoe for one of the most important Big Ten games of the year.