Cooper Lost for the Season

Freshman running back, Deontae Cooper, had an MRI today on a knee injury that he suffered in Saturday nights practice.  Unfortunately, Cooper was met with the worst news possible.  The freshman tore his ACL and will not be available for the entire season.  This is the first bit of bad news the Huskies have suffered this camp.

There are a couple of ways to look at this.  Of course, this is bad news.  Cooper would have played right away and would have done pretty well in most people’s opinion.  After seeing him a ton this spring and reading about what he was doing during camp, I thought he was the second best running back the Huskies had available.  To have him taken away hurts because you obviously want to put the best talent on the field.

With that being said, there are two thoughts that make this injury a little easier to take:

  1. The running back position is still pretty solid.  The Huskies return everyone who had playing time last year along with Jesse Callier.  Chris Polk is better than anyone gives him credit for and will have a great year if he stays healthy, in my opinion.  Johri Fogerson is not amazing at one thing but is very solid at everything.  He fills the receiving back role.  Bronson is the big back if he gets rid of his fumbling problems.  Callier is flashy and is the long distance threat.  The depth is there, it’s not as good as it was a few days ago, but it’s still there.  If a few more injuries creep up then I’ll start to really worry.
  2. Cooper can red-shirt!  Of course, it would have been nice to have him this year but now there’s two years in between him and Polk’s eligibility.  This is a lot similar to what happened to Polk his first year.

Maybe that made you feel a little better.  To recap, this sucks but it’s not as sucky as it could get.  Now, lets keep everyone else healthy and get ready for some football!

Andrew

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