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I wish I hadn’t checked

Posted by syracusan on May 1, 2007

I don’t know about you people, but I hadn’t checked one iota of SU football information since sometime last December. Being that April is just now ending, I’m still in no way ready to transition to football mode. I have a feeling that a lot of our readers are in that same boat, and I’m quite sure all our lazy basketball-centric writers are as well. However, I couldn’t help notice that Tanard Jackson and Kelvin Smith managed to get themselves drafted over the weekend, so I decided to check the Post-Standard SU football coverage for some reporting on those guys.

Big mistake.

Here’s what I found: two weeks ago Delone Carter — Syracuse’s standout rookie from last year, starting tailback, and highest profile recruit of the Greg Robinson era — improbably dislocated his hip during spring practice and will be out for the entire season. Not only that, but it’s the same injury that ended Bo Jackson’s career, and no one is sure if Delone will ever play again.

Meanwhile, the other starting tailback, Curtis Brinkley — A.K.A. our only other good offensive player for most of last year — had offseason surgery on his left knee to deal with the torn meniscus that kept him out of chunks of certain games towards the end of last season. He’s wearing a brace this spring and has reported consistent pain in the knee so far.

But wait, there’s more! Just this week, Brinkley had more surgery, this time on his right knee, after getting hurt in practice just before the spring game. Grand!

To sum it up, I’d say that unless Andrew Robinson and Taj Smith (also coming off a massive injury from last season) turn into McNabb and Harrison over night, we’re in for a season the likes of which we haven’t seen since…last season.

Sigh…why did I check this stuff? I was perfectly happy not knowing. Oh yeah, Tanard Jackson went to the Bucs in the 4th round and Kelvin Smith went to the Dolphins in the 7th. Donnie Webb also thinks A-Rob looked good in the spring game, but I’m not in the mood to report good news.

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