Last season he was the NFL’s Comeback Player of the Year after leading the surprising Miami Dolphins to the post-season, but now, after another season ending shoulder injury, Pennington looks like he might be done. Nobody will say it publicly, but it was well-known across the league that Pennington’s history of shoulder problems meant he has one of the weakest arms in pro-football, and this latest injury could deem his arm too lame for the future. He could well serve as a mentor with a clipboard for second year man Chad Henne who will assume the reins this weekend. Henne will be joined on the depth chart by newly acquired Tyler Thigpen from KC. Henne has a big arm and with the strong Dolphins run game, he should provide a legitimate deep ball threat for the defense. The question is whether the Dolphins can find someone for him to throw deep to that can catch (looking at you Ted Ginn). It is still Chad’s team in Miami, just Chad Henne’s, not Chad Pennington’s.

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Florida All-world QB Tim Tebow dispelled rumours he is invincible after suffering a concussion in the Gators romp over the Kentucky Wildcats. Tebow is reported to have vomited after being carted off, indicating a clear concussion after the heavy blow. Tebow was transferred to hospital where he spent 12 hours recuperating. CT scans have confirmed a concussion was sustained.

Although the concussion is not season-ending, it would be advisable for Gators coach Urban Meyer to rest Tebow for their next matchup against LSU, although the timely open date could allow for his recovery in time.

Without Tebow, the Gators would go with John Brantley, a QB many believe would be starting at almost every other SEC school. The offense would take on a different look, perhaps moving to a more traditional Meyer offense as led by Alex Smith at Utah.

Time will tell, but college football wouldn’t be the same without Tebow on the field,

Michigan transfer Ryan Mallett, possessing the biggest arm in Division 1 football, brought his skills set to the SEC stage on Saturday against rivals Georgia, but despite 408 yards and 5 TDs, it was UGA QB Joe COx who walked away with victory, himself throwing for 5 scores in the shootout.

In a scoreline more reminiscent of a a Big 12 game (where’s the defense?) there was no shortage of points or passing as the duo’s 10 passing TDs was a record in UGA v Arkansas games,

Mallett appears to be the perfect fit for Bobby Petrino’s offense, but the Razorbacks need to find a consistent defense with a long SEC schedule ahead. The same can be said of the Bulldogs.

Trojans Fail Without Barkley

September 20, 2009

Aaron Corp didn’t look the player viewed for most of the off-season as the successor to Mark Sanchez, instead, filling in for injured true freshman Matt Barkley, Corp and the Trojans struggled in the air, going down in a mega upset to WAshington in Seattle.

Washington, under the guidance of former Pete Carroll assistant Steve Sarkisian, were sharp, with their Qb Jake Locker performing well in utilising his dual-threat abilities.

The Trojans, now facing a long uphill battle to resurrect the national title hopes, will hope to have Barkley back next start.

Fresh Princes of the Air

September 13, 2009

3 Freshman Quarterbacks were among the stars of Week 2 College Football action on Saturday. Michigan true freshman Tate Forcier and fellow true frosh USC’s Matt Barkley showed posie beyond their years in guiding the two programs to comeback wins. Forcier drove the Maize and Blue down the field to snatch victory inside the final 15 seconds against Notre Dame, his pass to senior Greg Mathews sealing the upset and likely return of the Wolverines to the top 25. USC’s Barkley ensured USC came away from the horseshoe unscathed, leading a game-winning drive and make crucial plays with his arm and legs enroute to the Trojans win over Ohio State. Whilst this duo made their big plays at the end, Oklahoma’s redshirt freshman Landry Jones did it from the start, throwing 3 TDs (all to Ryan Broyles) in the Sooners” dismantling of  Idaho State. Jones made his starting debut in place of injured Heisman trophy winner Sam Bradford, Jones giving the Sooner fans some relief after their season looked like imploding after their first week loss and injury to the star passer.  Expect more big things ahead from this trio of talented newcomers.

Rookie QBs Set for Start

September 8, 2009

Detroit Lions and New York Jets fans won’t have to wait long to see an early taste of their first-round  ‘saviours”, the pair to be opening day starters. Both face differing challenges, as Stafford and the Lions look to wipe clean the memory of last year’s debacle and Sanchez and GangGreen keen to move ahead after the Favre experiment. Either way, the future is now in Detroit and New York and I can’t wait to see it moving.

Miami native Jacory Harris put his name up with the likes of National Championship Winning UM QBs Vinny Testeverde and Ken Dorsey yesterday piling up the highest ever passing yardage against Florida State. The Hurricanes rode Harris’ arm on their way to an exciting first up victory, the Canes looking to return to their glory days. If Harris can stay healthy, there is hope for this revival. Behind Harris there is very little after 3 off-season transfers in their QB depth chart.

Not only did Oklahoma start their 2009 season with a loss to upstart BYU, they also started with an injury to Heisman-winning QB Sam Bradford. Luckily, latest reports have Bradford only missing 3 or 4 weeks and not requiring surgery. Either way, Oklahoma will need its run game and defense to stand up as they continue their season this weekend against Idaho State.  RS Freshman Landry Jones will get the start this weekend and in Bradford’s absence, Sooners fans getting an earlier view of their future QB than they had hoped. Jones will also likely be without star TE Jermaine Gresham who missed last week with injury.

OK will be fighting uphill from here and will need a swift and full recovery from Bradford before they get into the teeth of their Big 12 campaign.