Donnie Webb is reporting that another Syracuse running back, FB Tony Fiammetta has been injured in spring practice. It kind of makes you wonder what Greg Robinson, who by all accounts is a nice man (who has achieved horrible results in 3 years) has done to anger the football Gods. From today's report, we've clearly identified the culprit, in Donnie's words, it has to be:
"Weird drill of the day ... I've seen them do this before, but it always strikes me as a little unusual. The offense runs a play at the goal line against no one. As the tailback runs into the end zone, the entire offensive unit sprints to the player scoring the touchdown. "TD, here we go!" shouts offensive line coach Chris Wiesehan. The Orange breaks out in celebration with lots of "wooo, wooos!" including jumping on the pile. I guess the thinking is you practice it enough, it might actually happen."
Look, when you practice CELEBRATING touchdowns, rather than scoring them against live competition, that will anger even the most kind and forgiving football Gods........and it also explains the Iowa goal line stand debacle from two years ago - Iowa had the never to put defenders out there!
It's not all insane news for SU football today - Webb reports that one of the few healthy running backs on the roster, Doug Houge, has been tearing up spring practice. Hogue was a promising recruit and really seems to be benefiting from the addition of offensive coordinator Mitch Browning, who has had a ton of success mentoring backs Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney when he was at Minnesota.
You'll have to excuse us if we take the news with a dose of skepticism, as we've heard this song and dance about the team and certain players making great progress in the off-season, but at this point we'll take any good news - here's hoping Doug stays healthy - wooo wooo.