December 4th, 2013 02:00 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss
Just last week we wrote that “bigger, faster, stronger players are ruining football.” From the high school level on up through the professional ranks, 2013 has been the Year of the Injury Bug on the gridiron.
With the news that LSU starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger has suffered an ACL tear, we can add another name to the SEC quarterback injury list. By our count only three schools have not had a signal-caller miss at least one start due to injury. Three out of 14.
Here’s the injury situation just at quarterback in the SEC…
Alabama — AJ McCarron started every game for the Crimson Tide.
Arkansas — Brandon Allen missed time early in the season due to a shoulder injury and was replaced by AJ Derby.
Auburn — Nick Marshall missed time due to knee and shoulder injuries. Jeremy Johnson made two starts in his absence.
Florida — Jeff Driskell was lost for the year due to a shoulder injury early in the season. His replacement, Tyler Murphy, missed Florida’s final two games with a shoulder injury forcing the Gators to use a third starter, Skyler Mornhinweg.
Georgia — Aaron Murray missed Georgia’s last game due to an ACL tear. Hutson Mason got the start against Georgia Tech and he will start for UGA in their bowl game, as well.
Kentucky — Jared Whitlow and Maxwell Smith bounced back and forth as starters all season due to various injuries.
LSU — Zach Mettenberger will miss LSU’s bowl game with an ACL tear.
Miss. State — Tyler Russell was lost for several weeks due to a concussion. Dak Prescott then missed time due to an elbow injury. Russell and Prescott continued to bounce in and out of the lineup with various injuries while third-stringer Damian Williams got the start in the season finale against Ole Miss.
Missouri — James Franklin missed several games midway through the season and was replaced by Maty Mauk.
Ole Miss — Bo Wallace started every game for the Rebels.
S. Carolina — Connor Shaw did not start against Missouri do to a knee injury. He was replaced — for three quarters anyway — by Dylan Thompson.
Tennessee — Justin Worley and Nick Peterman both started games for Tennessee before being lost to thumb injuries. Third-stringer Joshua Dobbs took over for the Vols down the stretch.
Texas A&M — Johnny Manziel played through injuries throughout the season.
Vanderbilt -- Vanderbilt’s Austyn Carta-Samuels was lost to an ankle/lower leg injury for a couple of games late in the season. Backup Patton Robinette started in his stead.
Not sure about you, but when every game features at least one backup quarterback, we think it’s time to start thinking about the current weight programs and the level of padding being employed in this modern age of football.
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