Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Football Update: Adding Injury to Insult

In case you were jonesing for even more depressing news, leave it to us to oblige. DT Adam Smotherman found out today that the injury he sustained in the scrimmage last Saturday is a torn ACL. Smotherman is out for at least the first few games of next season. Not to be outdone, LT Ryan Seymour dislocated his shoulder and will need surgery. He's out for the rest of the spring, maybe into summer workouts too. Gotta feel good about having two starters -- linemen no less -- go down on the very first day of full pads in spring practice.

My view is that while both of these guys could very well be back for the majority of the season (if not all of it in Seymour's case), injuries in spring football are a bigger blow to Vanderbilt than most other SEC teams. That's because we didn't have the benefit of extra weeks of practice leading up to a bowl game following the regular season, and because we depend heavily on the spring practice period for the coaching opportunities it provides. When your competition is bringing in 4- and 5-star recruits by the bucketful but you're not, you need every edge you can get. Spring ball is where the foundation for that edge is laid.

On the bright side, CBJ had positive things to say about the scrimmage. So there's something at least.

One more positive note: despite dropping the weekend series to Alabama, Vanderbilt baseball (16-4, 1-2 SEC) remained in the Baseball America Top 25 this week. The Commodores fell from #19 to #24 but hung in the rankings after preventing the sweep with a 5-4 win over the Tide on Sunday.

Still too disappointed to say anything productive about basketball for now.


AD said...

Linemen are the real skill players. Missed prep time hurts.

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