The elbow of basketball superstar LeBron James has consistently been one of the hotter topics in sports over the last few weeks.
Talk shows, websites, and periodicals have all been abuzz speculating over the seriousness of Mr. James' injured appendage.
Millions of people so in tune with one man's three inch hunk of bone, nerves, and skin is a little unnerving when you actually think about it.
But that just seems to be the world we live in today. We all have our favorite athletes and superstars and we feel the pain of their calamities right along with them.
So let's take that mindset to the college football world for a second and look at some body parts that will be watched with close scrutiny this upcoming season.
It may not have been as cringe-worthy of a moment as former Cane RB Willis McGahee's gruesome injury in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. Nonetheless, watching Graig Cooper tear his knee on a kickoff return in last year's Champs Sports Bowl was a sight that sent shivers down the backs of every Canes fan worldwide.
Cooper, a player that has been buckling legs of others for years, found himself as just another victim lying on the turf.
The injury sent Cooper, once a legitimate NFL prospect, into a tailspin of uncertainty.
Questions were raised throughout the last few months about #2's availability for the 2010 season.
Recent reports have been encouraging but Graig still has months of rehabilitation left to be ready.
If Cooper can return back to old form, he will be a tremendous asset to Jacory Harris and the rest the Hurricane offense. If he can't, then the team will be forced to turn to Damian Berry and the talented but unproven trio of Storm Johnson, Mike James, and Lamar Miller.
He has McGahee as proof that no injury is too serious to overcome.
It will be a heck of a comeback story if Graig is able to play at his 2009 level in 2010. If he can't, it will be a sad ending to a once promising career.
There are high hopes for the Arkansas Razorbacks this season and those hopes are predicated squarely on the leader of the offense, Ryan Mallett.
When that leader just so happened to break his foot in February, it sent a sense of worry running through The Natural State.
Razorback fans need not worry. Mallett might have been hobbled on the sidelines in a walking boot throughout Spring practice but it still looks like he should be at full strength come August.
Mallett's health is crucial for this team's success so expect the medical staff to be extra cautious with his injury.
For some quarterbacks, the lack of practice time might hinder them but for a seasoned pro-ready QB like Mallett, it shouldn't be a factor.
Last year was supposed to be the season when Robert Griffin, the electric speedster QB, carried Baylor out of the doldrums of the Big 12.
One torn ACL later and those hopes were dashed.
The Bears were able to muster up just two wins in the final nine games without him on their way to another losing season.
Griffin looks to be rehabilitating nicely so far and again their is optimism in Waco.
He's not 100 percent yet but it seems like he is on track to regaining his old form.
It will be interesting to see if Griffin still posses the same type of dynamic elusiveness post injury.
Baylor fans sure hope so.
It would have been so much easier if Andre Debose could have just burst onto the scene and become the next Percy Harvin as so many were hoping for him to do last season.
Instead the freshman was forced to miss the entire season with a lingering hamstring issue and take a redshirt.
After surgery to correct the problem, many are hoping Debose finally has his legs back and is ready to roll.
While at Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida, he showed he has the game changing speed and playmaking ability that made his predecessor, Percy Harvin, a star in Gainseville.
Now that he's had some light Spring work to help him ease back into things, it seems the time is now to make the comparison official.
Urban Meyer declaring Debose "possibly the best player in America" is setting the young man up with some lofty expectations to reach but it looks like if he's able to play at full health, he's got the goods to reach them.
Last season, Christian Ponder was well on his way to establishing himself as the elite quarterback in the ACC.
That was until a shoulder injury in a loss to Clemson forced the Seminole signal caller to sit out for the remainder of the season.
After postseason surgery, Ponder is working his way back to full health. He wasn't 100 percent this Spring but he should be by the Fall.
His shoulder may be completely healed by then but expect it still to be a focal point of opposing pass rushers throughout the season.
It wouldn't be out of the realm of possibilities to hear Jimbo Fisher tell the quick footed and mobile Ponder to limit himself more to the pocket in order to keep him upright and in good health.
So much for that breakout season.
After nearly cracking 1,000 yards last season, it looked like Ralph Bolden was poised to become one the prominent names in Big Ten this season.
A torn ACL looks to have derailed those hopes.
The injury is a huge blow to Danny Hope's team, which was looking to make a move up in the conference this season.
If his rehab goes well, Bolden could conceivably return at some point this season but it is still a wait and see approach.
USC's golden boy has a problem with his golden hand?
Say it ain't so.
Luckily for Trojans fans, Barkley's hand injury sustained in the Spring game was not as serious as originally thought and it proved to be just a bruise.
Barkley, who already had wrist surgery this winter, should be fine by the Summer but if some unforeseen setback occurs, Mitch Mustain could finally get his time to shine in Los Angeles.
Virginia Tech, a team that in the past that has relied on a stout defense and savvy special teams play to accumulate victories, goes into the 2010 season with an abundance of new faces on the defensive side of the ball.
That makes having the centerpiece of that defense, Barquell Rivers, a key priority.
Thus, the quadriceps injury Rivers endured in a weightlifting mishap this Spring is an especially big blow to this Hokie team.
It puts the linebacker's availability for the beginning of the season into major question.
Considering the the opening game pits the team against Top Five foe, Boise State, it makes it all the more concerning.
Rivers is an All ACC caliber defender and if he were to have a prolonged absence it could have an impact on the Hokies National Title chances.
It's not good when your brand new sophomore QB misses the majority of live Spring work with a broken bone in his foot. Especially when your offense relies on repetition and practice by the quarterback to get the zone read down pat.
Geno Smith, who suffered a break during a winter workout, should be ready by the Fall, but the time and development he missed was crucial.
If the injury were to creep up again, the cupboard is bare behind him when it comes to experienced QBs at West Virginia.
With so many weapons of offense, don't expect to see too much of Smith running the ball this season. The coaches just can't afford the risk of him sustaining an injury.
When 600 pounds of human beings come crashing down on your leg, good results are usually not on the horizon.
Factor in that the said leg has 70 years of wear and tear on it and you can expect the result to be even worse.
Such was the case for Kansas State coach Bill Snyder this Spring as two lineman crashed into the coach during a practice, tearing both his ACL and MCL.
Well at least they were playing to the whistle, Snyder justified.
He is the latest coach to be afflicted with the fluke misfortune of having a player come crashing into his leg. Charlie Weis and Joe Paterno have also been on the receiving end of these unfortunate injuries in the last few years as well (most Irish fans probably wouldn't use the word unfortunate though).
Snyder is weighing the option of surgery and looks like he'll be ready to patrol the sideline in Manhattan for another season once again.
Although you can bet he'll be standing an inch or two further away from the sidelines this year.