Two weeks into the 2008 season, the Wildcats were healthy. What a change after the third game of the year.
Quarterback Randall Cobb, linebacker Micah Johnson and defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin left the Middle Tennessee State game with high ankle sprains.
Coach Brooks said that the injuries to all three could be significant, but would not know the full report until 48 hours.
Why do you risk your backup quarterback to get injured, to play him at a different position?
That's a very good question. I wish I had an answer.
The Cats are already very thin and inexperienced at quarterback to risk a injury to either Cobb or Hartline.
The offense would be better with both quarterbacks being healthy and ready to take control of the game.
Hartline did play a very good game Saturday, and did earn SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors. He is still too young to know what to expect out of him, and there is no answer to know what to expect from him in SEC play.
Cobb has the ability to run with the ball if there is no receiver open, but the ankle will take some time to heal. It will limit his ability to move around.
Micah Johnson was having a career game with nine tackles and two tackles for loss before sustaining his injury.
This injury will force Braxton Kelly to move into middle linebacker and put a very young and inexperienced player in his spot.
Coach Brooks said that the time frame for high ankle sprains are anywhere from 2-3 weeks to 4-6 weeks, depending on how bad the injury is.
Good thing the Cats have a week to rest up and re-work their offense before hosting Western Kentucky on Sept. 27.