Injured players looking to come through in fall

May, 21, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

Several major players missed some or all of spring football this year because of injuries they suffered during the regular season. Those players need to make a comeback in order to ensure their team's success in the fall.

Here are a few of the players who are expected to make some major contributions once they're completely healthy.

Patrick Edwards, WR, Houston: Everyone saw the YouTube video of Edwards crashing into a cart full of band equipment just outside the end zone at Marshall. The accident left Edwards, who was the team's leading receiver at the time, in surgery with a broken fibula and tibia, but he returned quickly, participated in non-contact drills and should be ready for the fall.

• DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Miss: Brown suffered a broken leg in the New Orleans Bowl after landing awkwardly after leaping for a pass. Brown, the nation's leading freshman receiver, didn't participate in spring drills, but told coach Larry Fedora that he's faster than he was before he was injured.

Luke Lippincott, RB, Nevada: Lippincott suffered a torn ACL against Texas Tech last season and missed almost all of his senior season. He was granted a sixth year of eligibility late in the spring, and did the bare minimum during spring football while continuing to heal. He was first-team All-WAC in 2007.

Alex Allen, RB, Akron: Allen was expected to take over for Dennis Kennedy, but he's struggled to come back from a hip injury he suffered last season. The Zips don't have many other options at running back especially after Dale Martin tore his Achilles tendon during the team's final spring practice.

Klay Kubiak, QB, Colorado State: Colorado State came out of the spring with no starter at quarterback and the effort was so poor that coach Steve Fairchild called it embarrassing. Kubiak is recovering from shoulder surgery, but could be the starter in the fall.

Tim Hiller, QB, Western Michigan: After the Broncos bowl loss to Rice, coach Bill Cubit announced that Hiller had played the back half of the season with a torn ACL. He spent the spring recovering from it and will be a key returner for the Broncos run for the MAC West.

Dominique Lindsay, RB, East Carolina: Lindsay was supposed to be the starting running back last season, but tore his ACL during fall camp and has been recovering ever since. He participated in some spring drills and will be a key component in ECU's defense of C-USA East.

Andre Anderson, RB, Tulane: Anderson is the best offensive weapon the Green Wave has and his return is important for the team to improve on its 2-10 record. Anderson suffered a fractured dislocation of his right shoulder in October and participated in non-contract spring drills.

• Asher Clark, QB/TB, Air Force: Clark was supposed to challenge for the starting quarterback role with Tim Jefferson, but a meniscus tear in his knee cut his spring and his learning of the quarterback position short. Clark also was the team's top returning rusher.

Donovan Porterie, QB, New Mexico: Porterie is trying to win the starting quarterback job back after suffering a knee injury last season. He participated in some spring drills, and he'll continue to fight for his starting spot through the fall.

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