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May 21, 2007
Spring injuries create holes to fill for some
Spring practice is usually a time for optimism. Every coach is undefeated after the final scrimmage.
However, several programs will have to deal with some major losses for the upcoming season. Injuries to top players will force many teams to adjust between now and August.
In addition to potential season-ending injuries, several star players were held out of all or part of spring practice for precautionary measures.
Michigan running back Mike Hart (shoulder, missed all of spring practice) and wide receiver Mario Manningham (ankle, missed all of spring practice), Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge (knee, missed most of spring), West Virginia running back Steve Slaton (wrist, missed all of spring practice), Wisconsin running back P.J. Hill (shoulder, missed all of spring practice) and Rutgers running back Ray Rice (ankle, missed spring game) are all expected to return before the fall.
Here, we'll take a look at some of the more serious injuries during the spring and what options coaches have heading into the 2007 season:
Zack Bowman, CB, Nebraska
Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse
Cade Cooper, QB, BYU
Ryan D'Imperio, LB, Rutgers
Kevin Grady, RB, Michigan
Chad Green, CB, Arizona State
Matt Huners, OG, South Florida
Tyler Lorenzen, QB, Connecticut
Kevin Ogletree, WR, Virginia
Anthony Reddick, S, Miami
Ryan Reynolds, LB, Oklahoma
Marc Tyler, RB, USC
Mon Williams, RB, Florida
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.