Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein's twitter, NU's QB Dan Persa is out for the rest of the year:
Fitz on persa: ruptured achilles. Out for remainder of season. Surgery tonight. What a blow.
Huge loss for the Wildcats. Persa was arguably the best all around QB this season in the Big Ten. He MADE PLAYS. Lots of them, including several key plays to lead them to victory over Iowa today.
As I was watching the game on Saturday, I couldn't help but notice how it seemed a lot of our guys got dinged up (the ones I remember are Carvin, Jonas, and D-Rob, but it felt like more), and not a lot of their guys did (there was one toward the end of the game that I remember).
I'm not bashing Barwis at all with this, he's obviously done a terrific job of getting our guys in elite shape, but I remember him saying that a big part of his program is about injury prevention. Can these injuries be pegged on him? Or are they more attributable to the fact that injuries just happen as a result of bad luck/some guys being more prone to injury? Maybe someone with more time on their hands could put together a diary comparing injuries at various programs over the past few years to see if the Barwis Effect is helping us.
Not to poop on the parade, but is anyone else worried about whether at 193 pounds, Denard Robinson can take the physical beating of thirty rushes every week (plus any hits when he's dropping back to pass). Most feature back are heavier than that and often don't run as often. I'm worried both for his long-term health and, more immediately, whether he can make it through the season unscathed. If not, can we can be the team we want to be if he misses a couple, or several, games.
I'm getting a little sick and tired of this crap, here, folks. Some people around here need to show some backbone and stop freaking out.
There is no other shoe. It's not going to drop on your head and kill you. Yes, other bad things COULD still happen, but there is no reason at all to expect them to, and thinking or worrying that they will will only detract from your ability to enjoy the season. Lets recount what has really happened:
Some guys we would've liked didn't have the grades to get in.
A guy we would've liked back decided to go to the NFL.
A guy we would've liked back decided to go all Sparty on us.
A guy who wasn't likely to play, but could have, in a fantasy world, been very good transfered.
A guy we were were all counting on to have a big season got hurt, and some guys that aren't ready are going to have to step up.
These are random, unconnected events that happen every season. The only thing that breathlessly waiting for the next gunshot to rip throught the night air accomplishes is to give you heartburn. We don't know, and certainly shouldn't speculate, that there will BE another problem. Seriously, we're grown men and women, mostly. We can't go around claiming heartbrokeness, or worse, insensitivity, because we're terrified of what goes bump in the night.
People said they wouldn't be surprised at a transfer. Why? Because any players have publicly spoken out against the program recently? Because we've had a rash of dozens of transfers? Or because we're becoming a lot of little worry worts who flinch every time a twitter goes up, expecting it to declare a mob deal gone wrong that ended up with our entire RB group in lead shoes?
Man up and stop sniveling in the corner! There is no other shoe! Nothing else bad should be expected to happen! Sissies!
If Troy Woolfolk were to encounter a season ending injury, which freshman would step up to fill the void at corner?
P.S. This probably happened.
EDIT: This did happen.
EDIT, EDIT: Sorry I brought it up in a dick way, but my source is about as reliable as it gets.
It's been awhile since we got any information on how key player (e.g., V. Smith, Molk, etc.) injuries were progressing. Earlier indications were that everyone should be ready to go in the fall, but the last public news/fluff on injury progress seemed to be around the time of the spring game. Does anyone have any reliable updates on players' health?