Another week of fall camp is in the books. Here is the latest college fantasy football injury rundown.
Thomas Coffman, WR, Colorado State-
Scary situation here as Coffman underwent an emergency surgery recently after alerting trainers about a pain that he was feeling near his abdomen. New head coach Jim McElwain said he only expects the receiver, who was competing for a starting gig, to only be out two to three weeks. This injury, though, allows for some younger options to step up like Lee Clubb and Charles Lovett.
C.J. Brown, QB, Maryland-
Could things get any worse for Randy Edsall and Maryland. The Terps projected starter at QB, and the only one on the roster with any sort of playing experience was lost for the entire season after tearing his ACL. Brown took over the job last season and played well down the stretch, including some big games that showcased his talents as a dual-threat quarterback. While not a highly-sought after quarterback in fantasy drafts, Brown had a chance to develop into a potential No. 2 option for a team because of his running abilities.
Freshman WRs, Michigan State-
Both Monty Madaris and Aaron Burbridge suffered leg injuries that could hamper the start to their careers in East Lansing. Madaris (ankle) and Burbridge (knee) were both having successful offseasons with the team, and were looking to make an immediate impact in 2012 with the WR depth chart in a state of flux because of the departures of the top three receivers from last season. These injuries ensure that neither will be drafted, but look for them in the free agent wire in the second half of the season.
Casey Cochran, QB, Connecticut-
It was highly unlikely that Cochran would win the starting job as he is only a freshman, but Cochran has a very strong arm and was making an impression on coaches before breaking his wrist. Also, it’s not like Connecticut has Matt Barkley behind center ahead of Cochran so it’s not inconceivable that the frosh wouldn’t take over at some point. This injury, though, does hamper his development and puts him behind the 8-ball for the starting gig.
Kyle Middlebrooks, WR/RB, Arizona State-
In spring practice, Middlebrooks suffered a dislocated shoulder that resulted in him having surgery back in April. Now, Middlebrooks is back at fall practice, but limited to no contact in drills. Middlebooks offers a ton of versatility to this wide-open offense under Todd Graham and is a sleeper in the later rounds if he can get back to full strength.
Chris Pantale, TE, Boston College-
A huge blow to the Golden Eagles passing attack as Pantale suffered a broken bone in his foot that will keep him out for at least half of the season. BC has limited playmakers to begin with so this is a crushing injury. The senior TE was a top fantasy option at the position, especially if quarterback Chase Rettig improved as a passer in 2012.
Ralph Bolden, RB, Purdue-
Bolden is one of those extremely talented players that just cannot stay on the field. The senior back is still not cleared for practice after tearing his ACL last season. When on the field, Bolden is a dynamic back. The team most likely won’t rush him back either, as Akeem Shavers is a steady backup and capable of shouldering the load.
The team’s leading punt and kickoff return man in 2011 is still feeling the effects of a torn ACL suffered last season. Kevin Smith, a dynamic receiver as well, was expected to challenge for a starting spot, but has not been able to practice because of the injury. Senior wideout James Johnson recently had surgery on his broken wrist and is likely back in six weeks at the most. He was also expected to be in the mix for a starting role.
Cameron Marshall, RB, Arizona State-
This situation is up in the air. Marshall has been limited in practice of late, but not because of an injury. Coach Todd Graham said he has been feeling “fatigued” of late and that he will not be hit the rest of fall camp. Probably music to the ears of Marshall who is expected to be the workhorse for the Sun Devils, despite having skilled replacements behind him on the depth chart.
Rolandan Finch, RB, Boston College-
Yet another blow to an offense that needs all the help it can get. Finch, expected to be the starting back in 2012, suffered a foot injury in a fall scrimmage that puts the start of his season in doubt. Currently, the time frame for the injury is unknown, but Finch was expected to get a handful of carries this season as the team’s feature back. Andre Williams and Tahj Kimble will get carries in his place.
Braxton Deaver, TE, Duke-
While not a household name, Deaver was expected to be an impact receiver in the Duke passing game in 2012. With some injuries to the receiving corps, the tight ends were expected to be featured a bit more and Deaver was a big part of that. Head coach David Cutcliffe says Deaver’s season is in doubt with this foot injury that he suffered in a summer workout incident.
Josh Clemons, RB, Kentucky-
Good news: an MRI showed that there is no structural damage to the knee of Clemons, who suffered the injury in a team scrimmage a few weeks ago. Bad news: There is something clearly bothering Clemons still, and he is projected to be the team’s starting tailback. Not good for a team in desperate need of some offensive firepower. Clemons rushed for only 279 yards in 2011, but that number was expected to increase dramatically this year.
Malcolm Johnson, TE, Mississippi State-
The team announced back in the summer that Johnson suffered an injury that could sideline him for at least the beginning of the season. With most injuries that occur off the field, such as this, the details were not given by the staff. Johnson, who is making the transition from wide receiver to tight end, is expected to be the team’s starter. With the Bulldogs transitioning to a more pass-friendly offense under new QB Tyler Russell, Johnson was expected to get plenty of looks.
Bryan Underwood, WR, NC State-
Although he has not been ruled out for the year, Underwood did suffer an injury that will require surgery, and could keep him out for quite some time. Although the team is plentiful with options on the outside, Underwood was expected to contend for a starting position in 2012. Underwood caught 16 passes for 225 yards and two scores last season. This will allow for guys like Tobias Palmer and Rashard Smith to get more looks.
Anthony Knight, RB, Nevada
- While the details have been sketchy, the Reno Gazette Journal is reporting that Knight has missing some time during fall camp due to an injury. Stefphon Jefferson and Nick Hale have been the running back duo taking most of the reps.
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