Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Love injury a tragedy

The news of A.J. Love tearing his ACL and possibly missing his senior football season at USF is very disheartening.

You can’t help but feel for the young man, who bucked so many odds coming out of Southeast High to earn himself a scholarship at USF.

The 22 year-old is the type of person you can’t help but admire. He is a good student and good person with strong leadership skills, who made himself into a top notch receiver.

After coming back in 2009 from a torn ACL on his left knee, this was the season Love was expected to shine and make a name for himself on the big time college scene, perhaps even put himself in a position to be selected in the 2011 NFL draft.

After tearing the ACL in his right knee in USF’s spring game last Saturday night, his status is now in limbo. Recovery from ACL surgery takes on the average six months, which could put him back on the field in November.

If he somehow is ready to play in November and able to shake off his rust, Love could possibly play in five games. The Bulls play Rutgers on November 3d and have four more games afterwards, including three Big East Conference matchups and a game with Miami.

You can’t help but root for Love. He has been looking forward to his senior year and had new USF head coach Skip Holtz raving about his talent and leadership skills.

Love has come back twice before. He missed five games his senior year at Southeast because of an injury, which caused him to fall of the college radar screen. But on his own, he attended combines and caught the attention of college coaches.

If he is able to play in November, it won’t be easy trying to crack a lineup and beat out players who have seven games under their belt. But Love has proven he is quite the resilient person so let’s root for him.

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