Wishing Felton Davis III a speedy recovery

Submitted by m_go_T on October 22nd, 2018 at 11:40 AM

Obviously we all know he went down with a ruptured Achilles tendon during the first half of the game.  Even with all the hatred for MSU, I for one felt horrible watching him ride off on the cart.  The kid had (and hopefully still has) such a promising future ahead of him.

There are plenty of Spartans past and present that are easy to hate.  Despite his talent, he never struck me as one of them.  So here's wishing FD3 a speedy recovery and best of luck in the NFL draft.  



October 22nd, 2018 at 11:42 AM ^

I feel bad for all the kids who focus exclusively on the NFL only to get hurt near the draft. I hope he played at least a little school at MSU. 

Louie C

October 22nd, 2018 at 1:44 PM ^

I like how he constantly reminds folks that he wanted to come to Michigan. His dad was dick for that. I wouldn't shit on my kid's dream like that. I could see if Bo was a shitty person like a couple of other coaches, or if Michigan was a cesspool like a couple of other schools, but that wasn't the case. 

That being said, I'll be damned if my kids (especially my daughter) go to any of those shit holes, and that has nothing to do with athletics. 

oriental andrew

October 22nd, 2018 at 11:44 AM ^

His hair annoyed me :P

Seriously, though, a non-contact blown Achilles while cutting to start your route has to be such a crappy way to go out your senior year. That's something he's done thousands of times without a problem and I guess you twist or pressure it just right (or wrong) and it blows. Crazy. 



October 22nd, 2018 at 11:47 AM ^

Their field is awful.  That could have had something to do with it.  I know that grass plays to their advantage because they want to slow the game down, play in a phone booth, etc. etc.  But that field gets chewed up quicker than a 9 hole muni on Sunday.  I know that field turf can present some issues of its own, but the chunks of grass in helmets and all that you see at Spartan Stadium is ridiculous.  I know I know, "old school BIG football," but get some field turf for crying out loud.

A Lot of Milk

October 22nd, 2018 at 11:55 AM ^

My understanding is that grass fields are actually better at preventing injuries because the field is more likely to give way and get torn up when there's an awkward plant/movement, preventing all the force going to the ligament. On turf, the surface is unmoving and all the force gets directed to the ligament 


October 22nd, 2018 at 12:00 PM ^

Yeah, I guess that actually would make sense.  At the same time, at least your body knows what to expect when your foot hits the ground on field turf.  You are going to get the expected impact every time.  Actually, I am not really talking about grass fields in general.  There are some grass surfaces that are kept very well (ours excluded as noted below).  Until ND went to field turf, their field was kept comically long but for the most part it held up in the elements.  But MSU has always had a terrible field since switching from the old astro-turf.  Players are swimming in it if it rains at all the day of or the day before the game.

Jack Hammer

October 22nd, 2018 at 12:27 PM ^

Funny story about their old astroturf...   It is currently being used as the ground floor of Stod's Batting Cage in Newport Hills/Bellevue, WA, just outside of Seattle.   I was hitting at the cage about 15 years or so ago (don't recall exactly) and I the turf is kind of chopped up into long strips for each cage rather than one big end-zone.  I noticed parts of the block S-T-A, going in weird directions, etc, but it looked oddly familiar.   I asked Bob Stoddard (the owner of the cage and former Mariner) where the turf came from and lo-and-behold it was the old carpet from Spartan Stadium.   And it's still there.  For those local UM Alum feel free to stop by anytime to kick at it or curse it or whatever.


October 22nd, 2018 at 11:58 AM ^

Hard for us to throw stones given that our field from 1991 to 2002 was among the worst fields in the history of college football.  At least we gave up on the grass and went back to turf.  But that 11 years was painful, especially as time went on and things got worse.  


October 22nd, 2018 at 11:54 AM ^

Hard to stay warm & loose in that weather.  And while wet grass tends to slip, sometimes your body will reflexively try to keep its balance and overcompensate for lack of traction.  Worst muscle pull of my life was when I tried to stop my momentum after stepping onto a patch of ice.  My quad flexed itself right into injury in an effort to re-capture my footing.  Fortunately for me, I'm just a schlub so it was just a bad pull.  I'm sure FD3's calf muscle was more than strong enough to tear his own tendon if his limiter was reflexively shut down by the field conditions.

Section 1.8

October 22nd, 2018 at 12:17 PM ^

I blew out an Achilles; it is a weird injury and in my case (on a paddle tennis court) it was not due to a bad surface.  Those injuries happen on tennis courts, on basketball courts, on squash courts.  Etc., etc.  And they are usually not even contact-related.

Felton Davis will not have a "speedy" recovery.  There are no speedy recoveries from an Achilles, if it is a rupture (and even if it isn't).  You can't walk on it for weeks/months.  And with the amount of time involved, full athletic recovery is even longer.

What I do hope for him, is a FULL recovery.  Achilles injuries are strange, in that unlike broken bones, damaged joints, ligament tears, cartilage damage, etc., an Achilles repair can, after time and recovery, leave you back at something very close to 100% with no real likelihood of reinjury.  A good repair can leave you as good as new, and there have been a few NBA players in particular who have returned not just to playing, but to All-Star status after an Achilles repair.  Dominique Wilkins is the really great example.

The timing is of course terrible for Felton; he'll be out of commission for combines, workouts, and the draft.  I wish him a FULL recovery whenever it happens.


October 22nd, 2018 at 11:45 AM ^

Hear hear! I felt awful for the kid. :(  Never want to see somebody get injured, but especially a senior.  Unfortunately, recovery time for an achilles injury is usually about 6 months, so he may well miss the combine too.


October 22nd, 2018 at 11:51 AM ^

Yeah, really hate to see those kind of injuries, especially before push for the NFL.  Rolled ankle is one thing, torn ligaments are another.  He'll be a year before he's full go again.  He'll get a shot, but he's going to miss out on some serious money from getting drafted because of it.  Really sucks.  Kind of why I try not to get too mad when a player leaves early to the NFL; gotta maximize that earning potential as early as you can because the time to make that money doesn't last long for most and injuries are not uncommon.


October 22nd, 2018 at 11:57 AM ^

Terrible for the guy. As sad as this is, I was glad it happened in a clearly, unequivocally non-contact situation. Anything else would have lead to wild accusations against UM

Barn Animal

October 22nd, 2018 at 11:59 AM ^

I feel terrible for Felton Davis, but MSU got what was coming to them for not putting a tarp on the field during the delay. Obviously it's impossible to know whether it would have made a difference but MSU made that field unnecessarily dangerous for the players when they didn't put a tarp down.


October 22nd, 2018 at 12:00 PM ^

Hmmm, you're the guy who posted this before the Wisconsin game,

"I am not the one to advocate head hunting or dirty play, but I really hope we blow someone's knee out this weekend.  Two seasons ago, they almost killed Grant Newsome and ended his career with a dirty play, and last year they knocked out Peters with another dirty play, both of which were clearly intentional and went unpunished.  I would hope we can get a non-targeting type injury, or even have a redshirt candidate LB go out there and exact some vengeance"


October 22nd, 2018 at 12:14 PM ^

That was me...And on my first post back after my ban, I apologized to the Mgoblog community for the emotional take.  We all say shitty things behind our keyboard and my mod-imposed time out gave me time to think about the shitty thing I said. 

Perhaps it was that public shaming I took that forced me to look inside and realize what a shitty thing it was to think and to subsequently put out into the ether.  All I know is that when I saw Felton go down, I thought about Grant Newsome, that comment, and the implications for Felton Davis, and once again regretted that I said that.

But in case you missed it, I apologize for the childish shitty thing I said.  That kind of rhetoric has no place in sports.  I also apologize for making our fan base look dumb, we are (for the most part) better than that. I hope that the revenge tour is one that is played out on the field and within the spirit of the rules.