It looks like the shortage of running backs has caused SU head coach Greg Robinson to re-think who will be participating in the Spring game on Saturday, as it's just been announced that injured running backs Curtis Brinkley and Delone Carter will be allowed to play.
According to Donnie Webb, both backs will be allowed to carry the ball in "thud" drills - which is G-Rob parlance means contact without tackling. There's no word on how this will be scripted into the event. This appears to be a reaction to a lack of healthy running backs on the team right now, but on the surface it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. Let's review:
* Delone Carter is coming off what could have been a career ending hip injury - what is the point of risking a true career ending injury when he gets "thudded" and twists the wrong way? I'm sure he feels good and wants to play, but call me crazy, let's wait until fall and let the chips fall where they may.
* Brinkley's young, but his body has more wear and tear on it than a porn star at his age. In an article published Sunday, he said himself that he didn't feel he was ready - what's the point of exposing him to more injury?
* While the turnout was already going to be small - except for the Luna Halo fans that will there of course - the die hard fans that do show up will once again be subjected to another poor product.
On the surface this seems so easy - use the guys that are healthy, Doug Hogue and Daniel Bailey, scrap together a couple of walk ons and play a normal spring game. Don't expose guys you are going to need to potential injuries and don't ask fans - who are dying to see some improvement - to watch "thud" football. I guess I'm just an idiot, but chalk this up to one more strange decision in what will surely be a season of strange decisions under Greg Robinson. Here's hoping it doesn't bite us all in the ass.