It is Thursday, and, of course, that means we've got the Your Best 11 Mailbag coming at you live and in full effect. A quick programming note: I'm not sure if we'll have the mailbag next week because I will be in New York City for the Bleacher Report NFL Draft Show along with Aaron Nagler, Josh Zerkle and superstar extraordinaire Matt Miller.
Will it set him back? Sure. Will it force him to have to take a redshirt in 2013? No. At least not if things go well in terms of rehab and surgery.
Henry, one of the nation's top running back prospects and an early enrollee in Tuscaloosa, suffered a fractured fibular. The school moved quickly to schedule surgery and get him on the road to recovery.
If things go as they should, meaning no infections or complications, he should be healthy over the summer and totally ready to go come fall. I fully expect him to be a factor on the depth chart when the Tide take on Virginia Tech.
Speaking of Virginia Tech, man, I don't know. The Hokies revamped the coaching staff, lost some solid weapons and have a defense that certainly needs some fixing. Their issue a season ago wasn't talent—they've never been a truly top-level talent club. In 2012, their execution was just woeful. Not something you expect from Frank Beamer and his team.
As far as Logan Thomas goes, this is really it for him. Everything is on the line for the kid, from both a team and an individual perspective. He has all the tools, and we know he's worked with quarterback coaches in an effort to maximize his production. Now, it's time for him to show it. Until we get to see what he does, it is merely a roll of the dice.
I expect the defense to get better. I expect the Hokies to have a running presence—something they were without last season for the first time in a long time. I don't expect anything out of Thomas, however. Not because he can't play, but because I legitimately have no clue what he is going to do in 2013.
@inthebleachers is usc not tackling in their spring game very rare to see? Or is it fairly common for teams with injury problems to do that?— @gjb512 (@gjb512) April 18, 2013
It isn't common, but USC's situation is also extremely uncommon.
When injuries mount, coaches have been known to go no-tackling in practices or scrimmages, as well as hold abbreviated spring games, or to hold people out in an effort to preserve health. However, USC, especially with the secondary injuries, was at threat-level red. Players dropped like flies, and it was wise to be cautious.
This is a team with obvious scholarship reductions and not as many walk-ons as some of its public football brethren. And, as we've noted before, spring is the time when your roster is the thinnest—only a limited number of early enrollees, which do not offset the NFL-bound players and bodies lost to graduation.
Smart move by Kiffin.
@inthebleachers How can taking online courses be considered the same as "attending the University?" YB11— Trav (@TheIrishWon) April 18, 2013
Um, because it is.
Online classes are classes, just like going to the physical classroom from a work and credits standpoint. Most schools offers them as a way to help people work around scheduling conflicts. You do course work, you turn in assignments and you take exams.
I'm not exactly sure why they wouldn't be considered going to the university. That's like saying the student who lives in his parents' house but takes an online class isn't doing summer school because he isn't there. Or like saying that guy taking online classes while working his full-time job isn't really going to school because he isn't physically there.
They exist to help people out. There are undergrad online course offerings most places, as well as some graduate online course offerings. A lot of people prefer the online courses because they can get the same work while avoiding the headache of campus.
Keep in mind, we're not talking about an online college or a for-profit university. We're talking about courses offered through the university in an online platform as a way to help better accommodate its students.