I ranked Ohio State No. 1 again this week. I should have put physics in the top spot.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Mitch’s separated shoulder (to go with what already was a deep hip bruise and apparently an infection related to that bruise) was just the most recent in a series of serious injuries to high-profile players in college football. And it’s only been two weeks.
"It’s probably a little more dangerous for all the players because everybody is stronger and faster than they used to be," Gamecocks head coach Steve Spurrier said. "Some of the collisions are a little more powerful than they used to be."
A little is an understatement. I can still remember a story Georgia coach Mark Richt told me a few years back about one of his most vivid memories from his first season as a head coach. As a long time assistant at Florida State, Richt had spent more than a decade watching every game from the press box. His first game on the sideline, he was shocked by how much more violent the collisions were than he remembered because of that combination of stronger and faster that Spurrier mentioned in that quote above.
The bad news is, physics is not only unbeaten but unbeatable. There are more injuries coming this year. Whether or not they strike the Gamecocks, it’s worth keeping a good thought for all the players who take what it is a brutal pounding every Saturday.