No breaking news here on the extent of Scott LongÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s injury; no illusions about being a breaking news site Ã¢â‚¬â€œ just opinion and perspectives Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and occasionally a scoop. Did, however, find a great photo of Scott Long at Daylife.com.
The real surprise here is that Coach Steve Kragthorpe announced so quickly after the fact that the University of Louisville’s leading wide receiver had broken a bone in his foot and would undergo an operation. The coach is working on communications. Unfortunately for Long, an operation means he will be out at least four weeks, more likely six weeks or more. These kind of bad breaks (pardon the pun) seem to occur in a flurry, usually during a bad season. Enough. Didn’t U of L have a season-long flurry last year?
Here were some thoughts of Courier-Journal beat writer C. L. Brown on the wide receiving corps a few days ago:
“Josh Chichester is easily the most identifiable receiver when the Cards huddle by position at the end of practice. At 6-foot-8, the closest receiver to his height is 6-foot-3 Maurice Clark.
“U of L quarterbacks are well aware of his size advantage too. During a recent practice, quarterback Tyler Wolfe scrambled out of the pocket, but with the pressure coming fast, he threw virtually a jump ball in Chichester’s direction. Despite being surrounded by three defensive backs, Chichester jumped up, reached over the defenders and made the catch.
“Asked who would be the biggest surprise of the receiving corps, senior Chris Vaughn said sophomore Troy Pascley. “He’s very fast, running smooth patterns in and out of his breaks and he’s really harnessing the techniques that coach (Steve Kragthorpe) is instilling in us,” Vaughn said. “He’s definitely going to have a breakout season.”