No, seriously – what can you even do now?
This is just getting flat-out depressing, and I don’t know if anyone has an answer. Hopefully if there is someone that knows what to do, they’re on the MSU sidelines.
Of course, I’m talking about the injuries.
It started in the offseason with top cornerback Josiah Scott being named out for the first 4-6 weeks of the season. That was a small bummer at the time. It’s now a bigger bummer considering we haven’t seen him after seven games now.
Then LJ Scott, Jake Hartbarger and Cole Chewins are banged up by week three. Alright, it sucks, but whatever. Next man up.
Now here we are after seven games and…man. This is just deflating.
We have a quarterback in Brian Lewerke that didn’t even practice this week due to a shoulder injury. Cody White is likely done for the season. Felton Davis – MSU’s offensive MVP – is definitely done for the season. Darrell Stewart, Cam Chambers, Jalen Nailor, CJ Hayes, Laress Nelson and Brandon Sowards have all been banged up in one way or another.
Let’s look at that list. That’s enough for a team – how about just one position group?
Justin Layne was forced to play receiver against Michigan. I’m sure Dantonio will have to ask Tom Izzo to borrow Gabe Brown by week 10. I don’t even know if I’m kidding about that or not.
And if you think I’m done rattling off injuries, you haven’t watched MSU football this year.
The offensive line is a M*A*S*H* unit too with Luke Campbell, Kevin Jarvis and Cole Chewins all missing some sort of time. Matt Allen also was helped off the field against Michigan.
And here’s the sick thing – I’m sure I’m missing a few players.
The defense (knock on every piece of wood in a 50 mile radius) is still in tact for the most part. Thank goodness, because MSU’s bowl game hopes kind of rest on them now.
But seriously, what on earth can MSU do now?
I get it – next man up. But eventually you go through so many Next Men that you just run out.
I see a lot of blame on David Warner for the offense’s output on Saturday. I’ve been critical of him earlier this season, but at this point…guys, he’s not an orthopedic doctor. He’s working with a banged up quarterback who is playing with a new set of also-banged up receivers behind a banged up offensive line. What on earth do you want him to do at this point? Donate his Achilles and hand bones to his receiver unit?
I don’t even know what you do at quarterback now. Either throw out a beat up Brian Lewerke (who looked abysmal on Saturday, missing receivers by at least five yards on seemingly every throw) or backup Rocky Lombardi. Regardless, they have to try to create chemistry with the revolving door of a receiver unit.
It’s not like you can take a knee the rest of the season either. This team that has seen their teammates suffer the worst injury luck imaginable has to somehow get over that mental hurdle and take care of business on the field. That’s asking a lot.
If MSU reaches a bowl game – which is in serious jeopardy right now – it will be some of Mark Dantonio’s finest work considering what the depth chart look like right now. I don’t know how they do it, but hopefully someone does.