Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday notes (injury-related)

Troy transcript from the TV room HERE.

**Starting right guard Zach Johnson had a concussion Saturday, at least his third since his senior year of high school. Coach Larry Blakeney went as far to say that his season might be over. Johnson, a sophomore, has a redshirt year but getting back to health is much more important than getting back on the field. Johnson's one of the finest kids to come through here and was the first pick in the Trojan Challenge this spring, which places a heavy emphasis on character. Johnson's helmet got hit by running back Shawn Southward on a play. Jimmie Arnold, who had a couple of starts last year, will be listed as the starter at right guard going into this game. He's a junior. They do have other options as well, such as putting Andrew Phillips at center and Kyle Wilborn at guard, or redshirt freshman Dalton Bennett, but look for Arnold to likely get the call.

"A concussion is probably the most dangerous injury you can have," Troy head coach Larry Blakeney said. "It can end your career. I guess he’s had one in high school, not sure, which we didn’t know about until we had the one here (in spring). He’s a good boy and we’re going to take care of him. We are not going to let him get hurt."

Blakeney said, "Having had one this year already, it doesn’t look good for him (to) come back this year."

Wilborn said he has spoken with Johnson briefly since Saturday night. 

"It was hard seeing him go down," Wilborn said. "He’s got to look past football, what’s life after that, but the type of guy and the character that he has, I have no doubt he wants to come back."

**Quarterback Corey Robinson said he's playing Saturday despite a sprained right foot. It's not broken, thankfully for him and the Trojans. Right tackle Terrence Jones stepped on it. Robinson was limping noticeably after the game Saturday but looked much better Monday and didn't even have a walking boot or anything. He said his foot was "black" today but he's treating it and preparing to play Saturday against Mississippi State.

"He needs to practice a little bit this week," Blakeney said. "Before I came over here (to the press conference), I heard he was much better so that’s a good thing."

**Running back D.J. Taylor still hasn't been cleared to practice.

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