Chief Brown, the backup to Tony Conner at Huskie who played significant snaps at strong and free safety this past season, will likely miss the 2014 football season due to an achilles injury suffered in offseason workouts, the Clarion Ledger is reporting. Aside from sounding terribly painful and being the impetus for what is bound to be a long, frustrating recovery, Chief's injury is a big setback for a Rebel defensive backfield which, while still talented, could use Brown's versatility to add depth.
It's also a terrible injury from a fan perspective because Chief, a native of sleepy Winona, has become somewhat of a fan favorite. He's a Mississippian whose contributions to the team, while modest, have been vital parts of some of this team's more memorable wins over the past two years. He's also, by most accounts, a good student who stays out of trouble - a guy who didn't exactly earn this type of bad luck.
Moving forward, this means that the backup Husky job is now probably Mike Hilton's. He's a bit undersized, but he tackles well and makes smart plays in the defensive backfield. He's better in coverage than against the run, but he's not particularly unaccomplished at either. Against SEC competition, I would worry about his build and durability, but if Tony Conner can stay healthy and on the field then perhaps that worrying is premature.
A speedy recovery and then some, Chief.
- Will Allen is a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the best college catcher in America. Surely you remember that Stuart Turner won said prize last season.
- I don't know why, but I find this (poorly written) column to be unintentionally hilarious. Remember how, when the seedings for the NCAA baseball postseason were announced, everybody was talking about an Egg Bowl Super Regional? Now folks are realizing that they were jumping the gun to assume that a) Ole Miss would win its regional* and b) ULL would lose theirs.
- Wait, Qatar bribed FIFA in order to host the World Cup?! NO!
Here's Hugh Freeze explaining to Trevor Matich how he likes to use men-in-motion and quarterback reads to create mismatches:
Hugh, if I may offer two tips on being a better presenter in the future:
- Don't assume that everyone knows what you're talking about. Trevor had to pry some explanations out of you because you were speaking to him (and therefore us, the audience) as if we're fully versed in your footballisms. We aren't, so please be aware of that.
- Wear a damn belt.
*WHICH WE DID BY DAMN