1. Chris Pantale, TE, Boston College
Fifth-year senior TE Chris Pantale is looking to miss “significant time” after X-rays showed a broken bone in his right foot. A recently chosen co-captain, Boston College football head coach Frank Spaziani was quoted, “He’s a tough kid and he pushes himself through a lot, but you can’t push yourself through a broken bone.” Coach Spaziani is right about that, foot fractures usually take between 4-6 weeks to heal! Given the undisclosed type of fracture, a significant time on a broke bone could mean up to two months from last Thursday, August 9th. BC loses big on leadership, experience, and offense for the start of the season.
2. Chris Black, WR, Alabama
Freshman WR and the nation’s No.2 four-star prospect out of Jacksonville, FL is forced to redshirt the 2012-2013 season due to a shoulder injury that will keep him on the sidelines until mid-November. Showing early signs of immediate playtime, Alabama head coach Nick Saban had said Black “was doing extremely well” and “had a really good spring and a great summer.” Shoulder surgery (possibly by renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, AL) should leave Black to the University of Alabama medical staff for a 3 to 4 month recovery.
3. Tyler Evans, G, Oklahoma
After losing senior center Ben Habern to a career-ending decision that neck and back injuries weren’t worth the inherent risk and freshman Dylan Dismuke to an unplayable injury, Oklahoma took another blow by losing senior starting guard Tyler Evans. Evans suffered a torn ACL in his right knee during the first day of practice with news saying he would be unable to play for the season. Evans has been noted as the “most experienced lineman left after starting center Ben Habern” by NBC Sports. Evans has had a solid college performance having 29 starts since winning the starting job his freshman year.
4. Steven Chase, LT, Wake Forest
The Demon Deacon’s offensive line took another hit when junior LT Steven Chase’s MRI came back a “surprising” positive for an ACL and medial meniscus tear, adding to an already dwindling offensive line with Daniel Blitch, Ramon Booi, and Dylan Heartsill out on various reasons. Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe commented that the injury “was a shock, I watched him walk off the field and he looked fine. Don thought he maybe sprained his knee and the doctors thought he had a stable knee.” ACL surgery following rehab takes approximately 8-10 months until complete recovery to playtime.