Who else is tired of hearing Hal Mumme talk about injuries as a viable excuse as to why his team is losing?
I'll be the first to admit that injuries can cripple a team. But quality depth and strong coaching can overcome them to a degree and at least keep a team competitive.
Mumme dished out the injury card last year and we went along with it for the season. At that time it seemed somewhat feasible. Chase missed some snaps, A.J. Harris and Nick Cleaver went down for periods of time and Chris Williams was also out of action for half the season. The linebacking corps was also banged up.
But the coach is at it again this year. Richie Bolin is a huge loss for the Aggies, a senior center and the leader of the offensive line. But all we heard this spring was about how the team built enough depth to overcome such tough losses. Chase has taken most of the snaps and the one's he's missed haven't been because of a serious injury. The receivers for the most part, namely Williams and Harris, are on the field.
The O-line has been shuffled around and worked with which hurts. Maquell Colston has been in and out of the lineup but what happened to Tonny Glynn? He doesn't really see the field anymore.
Have there been injuries? Yes. But we heard all about it last year too. I don't think it excuses some of the performances put forth this year. And the fans are tired of hearing about it. I think when a team hears the coach talk about injuries all the time, they can use it as a crutch. I would like to think the Aggies aren't doing that but based on their performances, it's hard to argue that they aren't.