College Football Week 1 Last-Minute Injury Updates
We are all set for kickoff, and teams are preparing to take the field for the first time in this 2012 campaign.
So who is playing and who is out?
This is a quick list of five high profile players/teams, with an update on the current injury status of guys such as last season's leading rusher, and an SEC quarterback.
Injuries can play a key part in a team's success of failure in any given season, and the five players listed here will be vital to their teams' chances of winning.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
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Eddie "Circle Button" Lacy, has had an interesting offseason at Alabama.
He sat out the spring practice because of surgery on his toe, then followed that up with an ankle injury last week, leaving him somewhat limited in the practices leading up to tonight's matchup with Michigan.
As of now, he is listed as "day-to-day", but appears to be set to play tonight.
The Tide have a talented stable of backs at their disposal, so should he be limited, it's won't kill the offense.
Jeff Driskel, QB, Florida
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Florida quarterbacks Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel are set to rotate snaps today for the Gators.
Driskel suffered an injury to his non-throwing shoulder earlier in fall practice, but is set to go.
The Gators need someone to step up and be efficient on offense, and if Driskel is healthy, he has a shot at turning into an effective playmaker for Will Muschamp's squad.
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Running back Fitz Toussaint and defensive end Ryan Clark have been suspended by Brady Hoke for Michigan's game with Alabama.
That's not the only loss the Wolverines must deal with this weekend.
Linebacker Kaleb Ringer and offensive lineman Chris Bryant both suffered season-ending injuries in fall practice.
Dominique Whaley, RB, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma's passing game is excellent, but needs an effective rushing attack to be most effective.
Dominique Whaley has the skill to provide that attack.
Last season was derailed for Whaley by a broken ankle against Kansas State, a severe injury which required the bone to be pinned back together.
Fortunately for the Sooners, Whaley does appear to be set to go today against UTEP.
Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
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On August 1, Montee Ball was attacked by five men and suffered a concussion.
The nation's best running back appears ready to go for the Badgers' opener against Northern Iowa.
The man with designs on all kinds of records this season is set to make the start, and against a team such as UNI, should enjoy plenty of success, as long as he doesn't wind up with another injury.