Saturday, October 29, 2011
Injuries will play a big role in MU-A&M
By David Ubben
Some surprising news before we've even hit high noon in Big 12 country.
Texas A&M will be without star cornerback Coryell Judie, who's been battling a nagging hamstring all season. Judie also returns kicks for the Aggies. The injury has slowed him all season, but Lionel Smith got his second start of the season today against Missouri.
Not only will the Aggies miss Judie's playmaking ability on special teams today, but the last time he missed a game, the Aggies suffered a come-from-ahead loss to Oklahoma State and gave up 439 passing yards to Brandon Weeden.
Granted, they gave up 510 to Arkansas with Judie in the lineup the next week in a similar loss, but he'll be missed dearly against Missouri's passing offense.
The Tigers, though, are dealing with a big injury of their own.
Struggling kicker Grant Ressel is out today with a hip injury, and the placekicking and kickoff duties will go to punter Trey Barrow.
Ressel was one of the league's most reliable kickers until this season, when he's made just 9-of-16 kicks.
We'll see how Barrow does, but those two talents will leave pretty big holes in their respective teams.