bucket_brigade_old
I, like many others who follow football in the MCC, thought USM would be a contender in the conference. What happened to them? I have been hearing whispers of injuries, but that can't completely explain how the wheels came off their season so far.
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Quentin3_old
I have heard that injuries have held USM down also. They have shown sparks of life in some games like the Shoreland one where they probably were the better team. They are still a better team than their record shows when they are at full strength.
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shaggydoug17_old
Week 2 Malcolm Greaves (6-6 330) went down with a knee injury that kept him out until last week.
Week 3 Sam Krieg (all conference TE and DE) tore his ACL and MCL and is likely out for the season.
Week 4 Tom Schadewald (who through 3 weeks had nearly 600 yards despite not playing in the second half of the first two games) separated his shoulder and missed basicaly all of the GML game but should be back by BCC but will likely be limited
Week 5 Peyton Stanford (starting QB) hurts his back and is out for the year
Week 6 Charlie Wigdale is injured on one of the first plays of the game after expecting a big game replacing Schadewald
Also injured were starting OT Tom Joerres with a concussion and starting LB Hozzie Tanner has had mono for part of the year.

Basically it has been a nightmare season for USM. ?Its really too bad because when (mostly) healthy they showed what they could have done against SL and even when depleted they had a good game against RL. ?
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roarcatz
That's pretty much the story: not just injuries but injuries to the team's impact players. Krieg was starting TE/DE and returning all-conference both ways. Greaves was starting OT/DT who was injured much of last year, but had huge games at DT in both playoff rounds. Schadewald was HM all-conference LB as a soph, and the starting TB (who spent quite a bit of time last year spelling Servis). Stanford started at QB as a soph from game 5 through the playoffs, and was DB as well. Wigdale was starting LB, key special teams man, Schadewald's back-up and, well, a Wigdale. And Joerres was the most experienced O-lineman on the squad. That's 10 out of 22 starting slots.

They hung around notwithstanding the losses of Greaves and Krieg, and even played a game that they might have won against a very good Ra Lutheran squad. (And that's meant to take absolutely nothing away from RL, which is the best team I've seen this year--though I won't see BCC until tomorrow). But they've really struggled with Schadewald hobbled, and without Joerres, and then without Stanford. Still and all, that's football. You've got to figure out a way to win with what you've got--and if you don't, you shut up.
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bennyboy0789_old
shaggydoug17 wrote:


Week 2 Malcolm Greaves (6-6 330) went down with a knee injury that kept him out until last week.
Week 3 Sam Krieg (all conference TE and DE) tore his ACL and MCL and is likely out for the season.
Week 4 Tom Schadewald (who through 3 weeks had nearly 600 yards despite not playing in the second half of the first two games) separated his shoulder and missed basicaly all of the GML game but should be back by BCC but will likely be limited
Week 5 Peyton Stanford (starting QB) hurts his back and is out for the year
Week 6 Charlie Wigdale is injured on one of the first plays of the game after expecting a big game replacing Schadewald
Also injured were starting OT Tom Joerres with a concussion and starting LB Hozzie Tanner has had mono for part of the year.

Basically it has been a nightmare season for USM. ?Its really too bad because when (mostly) healthy they showed what they could have done against SL and even when depleted they had a good game against RL.


[] wow what is in the water at USM? somebody may want to check it? i dont think I've ever seen so many injuries to top players before.[]



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db11
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It does sound like a nightmare year that combined with teh South Division being much stronger this year with fewer teams that are push overs so it was tough to get wins in a tougher conference.


But they even lost to Heritage...[]

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oldcoach1
It does sound like a nightmare year that combined with teh South Division being much stronger this year with fewer teams that are push overs so it was tough to get wins in a tougher conference.
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roarcatz
True dat--looking downright terrible in the process. And then to come out just 4 days later and put up almost 400 rushing yards against Kenosha St. Joe's? Go figure. In many ways a trainwreck of a season. To play well enough to win against Shoreland and RaLu, and then to lose (and deserve it) against Martin Luther and Heritage. Taking nothing away from ML and Heritage, that sequence--even with all the injuries--is hard to figure.

Congrats to BCC on tonight's win. Clearly the best team in the MCC. Box score suggests a good game over the clear second-best.
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db11
RoarCatz wrote:


True dat--looking downright terrible in the process. And then to come out just 4 days later and put up almost 400 rushing yards against Kenosha St. Joe's? Go figure. In many ways a trainwreck of a season. To play well enough to win against Shoreland and RaLu, and then to lose (and deserve it) against Martin Luther and Heritage. Taking nothing away from ML and Heritage, that sequence--even with all the injuries--is hard to figure.

Congrats to BCC on tonight's win. Clearly the best team in the MCC. Box score suggests a good game over the clear second-best.


I don't think I correctly predicted a USM game right all year...well, maybe Week 1.
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